Lophanthera lactescens is a semideciduous tree with a dense, pyramidal crown; it can grow 10 - 20 metres tall. The bole is short and slightly contorted, around 30 - 40cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood. It is very beautiful when in bloom and so is grown as an ornamental outside its native range both in gardens and as a street tree[
S. America - northern Brazil.
Amazon rainforest, growing in both dense primary forest and in more open and secondary formations; found at low elevations but usually on land not subject to inundation[
|Other Uses Rating||
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Succeeds in full sun and also in partial shade[
]. Requires a moist soil[
A moderately fast-growing tree, able to reach a height of 2 - 3 metres within 2 years from seed[
The wood is compact, moderately heavy, reasonably hard, not very resistant to the attacks of wood-eating organisms. It is used in construction for purposes such as beams, rafters and linings; in cabinet making and in light carpentry[
Seed - the seedlings are sensitive to root disturbance and so the seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in individual containers. A low germination rate can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 30 - 50 days[
]. The seedlings grow away slowly, but they should be ready to plant out 7 months later[
The seed has a short viability, not exceeding 4 months in storage[
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