Newtonia suaveolens (Miq.) Brenan
Piptadenia suaveolens Miq.
Pseudopiptadenia suaveolens is a tree with a broad, flat crown; it can grow up to 50 metres tall. The bole has buttresses up to 5 metres high[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally and also traded.
S. America - northern Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Costa Rica.
Rain forests, savannah forests and mountain savannah forests[
]. Forests in areas not subject to seasonal inundation at elevations below 400 metres[
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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 a pinkish brown to red-brown or light brown, sometimes with darker, thin veins; it is not clearly demarcated from the 3 - 8cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain straight or interlocked, sometimes wavy. The wood is moderately heavy to heavy; moderately hard to very hard, elastic; moderately durable, having good resistance to dry wood borers and some resistance to fungi and termites. The wood seasons somewhat slowly, with a high risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is moderately stable in service. It has a fairly high blunting effect, so stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools are recommended; planing is often difficult due to the interlocked grain; nailing and screwing are good, but require pre-boring; gluing is correct. The wood is used in heavy construction, industrial flooring, turnery, furniture components, boxes and crates, joinery, musical instruments, formwork etc[
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