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Useful Tropical Plants

Schinopsis quebracho-colorado

(Schltdl.) F.A.Barkley & T.Mey.

Anacardiaceae

+ Synonyms

Aspidosperma quebracho-colorado Schltdl.

Loxopterygium lorentzii Griseb.

Quebrachia laurentzii Griseb.

Quebrachia lorentzii (Griseb.) Griseb.

Schinopsis heterophylla Ragon. & J.Castigl.

Schinopsis lorentzii (Griseb.) Engl.

Common Name: Quebracho Colorado

Schinopsis quebracho-colorado
Tree growing in a sub-arid area.
Photograph by: Not known
Public domain
Schinopsis quebracho-colorado Schinopsis quebracho-colorado

General Information

Quebracho colorado is a tree growing 20 - 25 metres tall. The bole, which is moderately straight, can be 30 - 80cm in diameter and clear of branches for the first 8 - 10 metres[
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.
]. Large trees may be attacked by heart rot[
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 especially valued as a source of tannins, which are extracted on a commercial basis. Because of its great durability, the wood is also used for a range of outdoor purposes.

Known Hazards

The sawdust may cause headaches, dermatitis and asthma[
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.
].

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia.

Habitat

Dry plains, in small groups mixed with other hardwoods in open stands[
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.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitTree
Height20.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant mainly of the subtropics, but also moving into the tropics.
Prefers clay or clay-sandy soils[
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.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The bark and the wood contain 18 - 20% of excellent quality tannins[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. The heartwood contains 22 - 24% tannins[
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 heartwood is chestnut-red in colour, sometimes with black streaks; it is sharply demarcated from the 25 - 75mm wide band of whitish-pink sapwood. The wood is moderately lustrous; the texture fine and even; grain interlocked; odour not distinct; taste astringent. The timber needs care in seasoning; it has a marked tendency to warp and check, especially if converted into thin boards in the green state. It is rather difficult to work with both hand and machine tools; pre-boring is necessary for nailing and screwing; it tends to chip during drilling and mortising; stains well and takes a high polish.The wood is fire-resistant and very durable, it is not readily attacked by insects. Because of its great durability, it is used mainly for outdoor purposes such as posts and railway ties[
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.
,
363
Title
Technical Information on 134 Species of Bolivian Woods
Publication
 
Author
USDA Forest Service -- Forest Products Lab
Website
http://www2.fpl.fs.fed.us/publications/
Publisher
USDA Forest Service
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A PDF file, available for download. Exactly what the title says, brief and to the point.
].
The wood makes an excellent fuel, of low combustion and high calorific power[
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.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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