Erisma bracteosum is a semideciduous tree with a dense but narrow, elongate crown; it can grow 12 - 30 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 40 - 60cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for its wood.
S. America - northern Brazil, Peru.
A canopy or subcanopy tree in the dense, primary formations of the Amazon rainforest, growing in humid, upland areas that are not subject to seasonal inundation, favouring areas of sandy soils[
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Young plants grow best in the dappled woodland shade, becoming more light-demanding as they grow and tolerant of full sun when larger[
]. Prefers a sandy soil[
A slow-growing tree[
The wood is coarse-textured, irregular-grained, moderately heavy, with moderate mechanical properties and not very durable. It can be used for internal construction, ceilings, laths and boards[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A low germination rate can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 70 - 90 days[
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