Leucaena ulei Harms
Parkia microcephala Kleinhoonte
Parkia parviceps Ducke
Parkia ulei is a deciduous tree with a broad crown; it can grow up to 45 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally.
This taxon is not known to be specifically threatened or in decline at present. There are, however, a number of threats to the habitat in which it occurs including:- gold mining; the rapid expansion of logging; road building, which is leading to habitat fragmentation in the moist forests. This road construction has the knock on effect of opening up the forests for urban development, which is leading to further habitat loss and degradation. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
South America - northern Brazil, Venezuela, the Guyanas.
Lowland evergreen forests, occasionally riparian forests and near black water rivers and lakes[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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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[
The heartwood is creamy white, sometimes with very large light brown veins; it is not demarcated from the sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain straight or interlocked. The wood is very light to light in weight, soft; not very durable, being susceptible to fungi, dry wood borers and termites. It seasons fairly quickly, with a high risk of checking and distortion; once seasoned it is poorly stable in service. It can be worked with ordinary tools, though there is a risk of fuzzy surfaces; nailing and screwing are poor; gluing is correct. The wood is of low quality, it is used for purposes such as interior panelling and joinery, furniture components, boxes and crates, moulding, blockboard and veneer[
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