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Useful Tropical Plants

Enterolobium maximum

Ducke

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Enterolobium maximum
Trunk
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General Information

Enterolobium maximum is a tree that can grow 35 - 45 metres tall. The bole can be 60 - 100cm in diameter[
848
Title
Tropix 7
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://tropix.cirad.fr/en
Publisher
CIRAD
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line guide to the timbers of 245 species of trees.
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The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally and also traded.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - northeastern Brazil, Bolivia.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitTree
Height35.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria; these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
755
Title
Nodulation Plants in GRIN Taxonomy
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ars-grin.gov/~sbmljw/cgi-bin/taxnodul.pl?language=en
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database listing plants that have either positive or negative reports on root and stem nodulation with nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The heartwood is light brown to brown; it is clearly demarcated from the 3 - 6cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is coarse; the grain straight or interlocked. The wood is light to very light in weight; soft; not very durable, being resistant to dry wood borers but susceptible to fungi and termites. It seasons rapidly with only a slight risk of checking or distortion; once dry it is moderately stable to stable in service. The wood works well with ordinary tools; nailing and screwing are good; gluing is correct. The wood has a range of applications, being used for panelling, interior joinery, light carpentry, furniture components, boxes and crates, open boats, matches and blockboard etc[
848
Title
Tropix 7
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://tropix.cirad.fr/en
Publisher
CIRAD
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line guide to the timbers of 245 species of trees.
].

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-09-17. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Enterolobium+maximum>

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