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Useful Tropical Plants

Eperua rubiginosa

Miq.

Fabaceae

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General Information

Eperua rubiginosa is a tree that usually grows 5 - 20 metres tall, though occasionally specimens to 30 metres are recorded. The bole is usually 12 - 35cm in diameter, occasionally to 90cm[
383
Title
A Monograph of the Genus Eperua.
Publication
Smithsonian Contributions to Botany. No. 28
Author
Cowan. R.S.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution Press; Washington DC
Year
1975
ISBN
 
Description
Number 28 in the 'Smithsonian Contributions to Botany' series, a very detailed monograph of the genus Eperua. It can be downloaded in PDF format from the Internet.
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The strong, durable timber is commonly harvested from the wild for local use and for trade.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

383
Title
A Monograph of the Genus Eperua.
Publication
Smithsonian Contributions to Botany. No. 28
Author
Cowan. R.S.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution Press; Washington DC
Year
1975
ISBN
 
Description
Number 28 in the 'Smithsonian Contributions to Botany' series, a very detailed monograph of the genus Eperua. It can be downloaded in PDF format from the Internet.

Range

S. America - northern Brazil, the Guyanas.

Habitat

A frequent to common riverine tree, usually found above the level of annual flooding, growing on alluvial deposits[
383
Title
A Monograph of the Genus Eperua.
Publication
Smithsonian Contributions to Botany. No. 28
Author
Cowan. R.S.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution Press; Washington DC
Year
1975
ISBN
 
Description
Number 28 in the 'Smithsonian Contributions to Botany' series, a very detailed monograph of the genus Eperua. It can be downloaded in PDF format from the Internet.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitTree
Height18.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



Although many species within the family Fabaceae have a symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria, this species is said to be devoid of such a relationship and therefore does not fix atmospheric nitrogen[
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 red brown to dark brown, with lighter veins; it is clearly demarcated from the 4 - 6cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain straight; the unseasoned wood has an unpleasant odour. The wood is heavy, hard; very durable, even in water, being very resistant to fungi, dry wood borers and termites. It seasons slowly, with a high risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is moderately stable in service. The wood has a fairly high blunting effect, so stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools are recommended; resin from fresh wood can clog sawteeth and cutters, though this is not a problem with dry wood; nailing and screwing are good, so long as the wood is pre-bored; gluing is correct. Being strong and durable even in water, the wood is used for purposes such as bridges, hydraulic works, heavy construction, industrial flooring, railway sleepers, telegraph poles, stakes, house construction, heavy carpentry, exterior joinery and panelling, cooperage 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.
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Propagation

Seed -
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