There has been considerable confusion over this genus, with one to three species being recognised. We have followed the treatment in Sida, volume 15, which recognises two species - this one from coastal Brazil and Phyllostylon rhamnoides, which ranges from Argentina to Mexico. It has been assumed that the uses of the wood are similar for the two species[
Common Name: Pau Branco
Pau branco is a tree growing from 5 - 13 metres tall[
The trees are harvested from the wild for their wood.
S. America - eastern Brazil.
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The heartwood is lemon-yellow, sometimes with a tinge of brown, occasionally with dark streaks; it is not clearly defined from the sapwood, which is yellowish or nearly white[
]. The wood is hard and heavy; the texture is fine and uniform; the grain fairly straight but sometimes irregular; without distinctive odour or taste; highly resistant to insect attack[
]. The wood is reported to be not difficult to work; readily turned and carved; it can be stained satisfactorily and takes a high polish[
]. It glues well, holds nails and screws well although pre-boring is advisable with thin stock[
]. It has been suggested as a substitute for boxwood (Buxus spp.)[
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