Schistostemon retusum is an evergreen tree with a dense, elongate crown; it can grow 10 - 20 metres tall. The straight and more or less cylindrical bole has a thick bark[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its good quality wood.
S. America - eastern and northern Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela.
A subcanopy tree in the rainforest, favouring fertile, clayey soils on hill sides[
]. Found on sandstone elevations or sandy soils[
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Succeeds in full sun to moderate shade[
]. More or less indifferent to the moisture levels in the soil[
]. Found in the wild mainly in fertile, clayey soils[
A slow-growing tree, even when young[
The wood is fine to medium-textured, straight-grained, very heavy, hard, with good mechanical properties and very durable. It is used in general construction for purposes such as beams, scantlings, laths, floor boards and door jambs; for making furniture, door and window frames, lathe work, cart bodies etc[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in individual containers. A low germination rate can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 90 - 150 days[
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