Bignonia cassinoides Lam.
Bignonia obtusifolia Lam.
Bignonia tabebuya Vell.
Bignonia uliginosa Gomes
Catalpa cassinoides (Lam.) Spreng.
Proterpia obtusifolia (Lam.) Raf.
Spathodea magnolioides Cham.
Tabebuia magnolioides (Cham.) Miers
Tabebuia uliginosa (Gomes) DC.
Tecoma uliginosa Mart. ex DC.
Tabebuia cassinoides is a semideciduous tree with a narrow, pyramidal crown; it can grow 6 - 12 metres tall. The bole can be 30 - 40cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood and cork. It can be grown in reforestation projects, especially in wet soils, for re-establishing native woodland. It is suitable for use as an ornamental[
S. America - eastern and southern Brazil.
Coastal forests, usually in ground that is marshy or subject to periodic inundation, and often in secondary formations[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Found in very moist to marshy soils in the wild, in cultivation the tree will also succeed in drier conditions[
Plants generally have a moderate rate of growth[
The root is used in the treatment of intestinal catarrh, chronic enteritis, diarrhoea and dysentery[
]. It improves the appetite, facilitates digestion, and treats anaemia[
A natural pioneer species in wetter soils, it is a good choice for reforestation projects in marshy soils and for gallery forests[
A cork can be obtained from the thick bark[
]. It can be used as a substitute for the cork obtained from the European oaks[
The heartwood and sapwood are not clearly differentiated. The wood is moderately textured; fine grained; smooth surfaced; very light in weight; soft; of low durability when exposed to the elements[
]. It is used for making toys, fine wooden boxes, the soles and heels of shoes, matches, frames, pencils, guitars, bowls etc[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate in excess of 70% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 7 - 12 days[
]. When the seedlings are 5 - 6cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out 6 - 8 months later.
The seed has a short viability of less than 40 days in storage[
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