Alegria divaricata (Mart.) Stuntz
Brotera mediterranea Vell.
Thespesia brasiliensis Spreng.
Common Name: Ibatingui
Ibatingui is a deciduous tree growing 15 - 25 metres tall with a globose and dense crown[
]. The bole is usually short and cylindrical, 50 - 60cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber.
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and southern, eastern and central Brazil.
Alluvial forests, particularly frequent along the rivers, steep, rocky areas, where the forest is more open, and in secondary formations[
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A plant of tropical and subtropical areas.
Grows best in a sunny position[
Young plants establish well and quickly, with 2 year old plants reaching a height of 3.5 metres[
The bark and leaves are used in the treatment of laryngitis and bronchitis[
A fast-growing, pioneer species, it should be used for mixed reforestation of reclaimed and protected areas[
The brown or brownish wood is fairly hard, heavy, strong, tough, not very durable[
]. It is used for brush backs, shoe soles, pack saddles, saddle frames, interior construction, wooden ware, furniture and general carpentry[
We do not have any more information on the wood of this species, but a general description of the wood of this genus is as follows:-
The heartwood is brown or brownish, sometimes with a pinkish tinge, and more or less streaked; it is not clearly demarcated from the sapwood. The texture is fine to medium; the grain straight to finely roey; lustre varies from low to fairly high; there is no distinctive odour or taste. It is not very durable, being vulnerable to attack by decay fungi and insects. It air dries rapidly with little or no degrade. The wood is reported to be easy to work, though one member of the genus is said to be difficult to plane, and another is difficult to turn. It is used for low value items such as millwork, furniture components, flooring, general construction, boxes and crates, veneer and plywood, particleboard, and shoe heels[
Seed - does not require pre-treatment. Best sown as soon as it is ripe in a lightly shaded nursery bed[
]. Germination takes place in 20 - 40 days, but the germination rate is low[
]. Pot up into individual containers when the seedlings are 3 - 5cm tall and plant out into permanent positions about 6 months later[
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