Exostyles venusta is a semideciduous tree with an elongate crown; it can grow 6 - 12 metres tall. The straight bole can be 20 - 30cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its wood. With its ornamental foliage, the tree can be used for general landscaping[
S. America - eastern Brazil.
An understorey tree in dense, primary formations of the Atlantic and coastal rainforests[
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A plant of dappled woodland shade[
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[
The wood is medium-textured, irregular-grained, moderately heavy, with a moderate resistance to wood-eating organisms. It is difficult to work and plane, being considered suitable only for internal construction[
Seed - it has a hard seedcoat and may benefit from scarification before sowing to speed up and improve germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing. The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A low germination rate can be expected from untreated seed, with the seed sprouting within a few weeks[
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