Bombax candolleanum K.Schum.
Eriotheca candolleana is an evergreen tree with a dense, roundish crown growing 12 - 24 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 40 - 50cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its wood. It can be used as a pioneer species in reforestation projects[
S. America - eastern and central Brazil.
Atlantic rainforest and semideciduous forests at higher elevations, growing mainly on slopes and found in both dense primary formations and open, secondary growth[
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Prefers a sunny position[
]. Succeeds in a wide range of soils[
Young plants are fast-growing, reaching a height of around 3 metres within 2 years from seed[
A fast-growing natural pioneer species that succeeds in most soil types. It can be used in reforestation projects to restore native woodland[
The heartwood and sapwood are not clearly differentiated. The wood is straight-grained, light in weight, soft and of low durability[
]. It is used for low quality purposes such as door fillings and panels, ceilings, toys etc[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed or in individual containers. A germination rate of around 30% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 5 - 10 days[
]. When the seedbed-sown seedlings are 5 - 7cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out about 8 months later[
The seeds have a viability in storage of less than 6 months[
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