Cynometra riedeliana Harms
Peltogyne riedeliana (Harms) Dwyer
Common Name: Guarabu
Peltogyne discolor is a shrub or a tree that can grow up to 20 metres tall[
A valuable timber, the tree is harvested from the wild for local use and for trade.
Peltogyne discolor is logged for timber and its habitat is under threat, particularly from urban development and agriculture. However it has a large range and is not currently seen as under threat. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2018)[
S. America - eastern Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Esperito Santo, Minas Gerais, Bahia)
Riverine forest, seasonally semideciduous forest, tropical rain forest; at elevations up to 500 metres.
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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The wood becomes purple upon exposure. It is very popular for the timber used in furniture and flooring, as well as for speciality wood items such as billiard cue butts, chemical vats and carving[
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 the seed 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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