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Useful Tropical Plants

Phyllostylon brasiliensis

Capan. ex Benth. & Hook.f.

Ulmaceae


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[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

+ Synonyms

Common Name: Pau Branco

Phyllostylon brasiliensis
Flowering branches
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Phyllostylon brasiliensis Phyllostylon brasiliensis

General Information

Pau branco is a tree growing from 5 - 13 metres tall[
474
Title
Sida Vol 15
Publication
 
Author
Lipscomb B.I. (Editor)
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Botanical Research Institute of Texas.
Year
1992
ISBN
 
Description
A journal of botanical nomenclature. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The trees are harvested from the wild for their wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

474
Title
Sida Vol 15
Publication
 
Author
Lipscomb B.I. (Editor)
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Botanical Research Institute of Texas.
Year
1992
ISBN
 
Description
A journal of botanical nomenclature. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

S. America - eastern Brazil.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height10.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

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[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
,
341
Title
South American Timbers: the Properties, Uses and Characteristics of 190 Species.
Publication
 
Author
Bolza. E. & Christensen. F.J.
Publisher
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
Year
1979
ISBN
0 643 02582 0
Description
A very useful guide.
]. 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[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
,
341
Title
South American Timbers: the Properties, Uses and Characteristics of 190 Species.
Publication
 
Author
Bolza. E. & Christensen. F.J.
Publisher
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
Year
1979
ISBN
0 643 02582 0
Description
A very useful guide.
]. The wood is reported to be not difficult to work; readily turned and carved; it can be stained satisfactorily and takes a high polish[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
]. It glues well, holds nails and screws well although pre-boring is advisable with thin stock[
341
Title
South American Timbers: the Properties, Uses and Characteristics of 190 Species.
Publication
 
Author
Bolza. E. & Christensen. F.J.
Publisher
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
Year
1979
ISBN
0 643 02582 0
Description
A very useful guide.
]. It has been suggested as a substitute for boxwood (Buxus spp.)[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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