Hymenaea confertifolia Hayne
Peltogyne confertiflora is a deciduous tree with a dense, globose grown, usually growing 10 - 20 metres tall in forests but smaller in savannahs. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 30 - 50cm in diameter[
The high quality wood is harvested from the wild.
S. America - eastern, central and northern Brazil, Bolivia.
Semi-deciduous forests to savannahs, usually in deep, well-drained, clayey soils of good fertility[
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Prefers a sunny position[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
A slow-growing plant[
The wood is fine-textured, irregular-grained, heavy, hard, with excellent mechanical properties and very durable. It is used for making luxury furniture, wood carvings, flooring blocks, billiard cues, tool handles etc. It is also used for external purposes including general and naval construction, railway ties, stakes, bridges etc[
Seed - it has a hard seedcoat and, unless sown when fresh and still moist, may benefit from scarification before sowing to speed up germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing. Sow in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed or in individual containers. A high germination rate can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 20 - 25 days[
]. When the seedlings are 6 - 7cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out 9 - 11 months later[
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