Macrolobium chrysostachyum (Miq.) Benth.
Macrolobium hymeneaefolium Pittier
Vouapa angustifolia Benth.
Vouapa chrysostachya Miq.
Common Name: Ipê da Folha Miúda
Macrolobium angustifolium is a tree usually growing 4 - 9 metres tall[
], with reports of trees up to 30 metres[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, and also for its good quality wood, which is traded.
S. America - northern Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas
Common in swamp forest on pegasse[
]. Along the sides of rivers and in lower and wetland areas[
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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.
A decoction of the bark is used internally and externally to treat fevers[
The wood is moderately heavy. It is used in civil construction, in internal and external works, carpentry, woodworking, cricket bats, plywood and cellulose[
]. It is valued especially for its use in making floors and boards of high quality[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in individual containers. A high germination rate can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 30 - 40 days[
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