Lonchocarpus hondurensis is an evergreen tree that usually grows 6 - 8 metres tall, but with exceptional specimens to 15 metres[
]. Trees can grow up to 30 metres tall[
]. It has a bole 60 - 90cm in diameter, often with small buttresses, and a dense, spreading or rounded crown[
]. Plants can be deciduous when growing in areas with a long dry season[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber, which is used locally[
]. It is a showy and handsome species when in flower[
Central America - Honduras to Mexico.
Along stream banks and in swampy forest, at elevations up to 400 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
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.
The heartwood is dark brown and the sapwood is yellowish[
]. The wood is durable, but susceptible to insect attacks[
]. It is moderately easy to saw but, due to its high density, is hard to work with machinery and hand tools[
]. Planing is difficult because the grain is interwoven[
]. The wood is used for heavy construction, floors, parquet floors, furniture, cabinets, wagons, wheels, tool handles, crossbeams, frameworks, staves, interior walls, transoms, veneer, pilings, boats, turned articles, agricultural tools, and crosspieces for transmission lines and poles and in rural construction[
Seed - does not require pre-treatment[
]. About 80 - 90% of the seeds germinate within 8 - 10 days[
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