Bignonia leucoxylla Vell.
Spathodea obtusifolia Cham.
Tabebuia leucoxyla A.DC.
Tabebuia obtusifolia is a deciduous tree growing 8 - 10 metres tall. The bole can be 80cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of timber.
S. America - Brazil.
Forests in marshy land and areas that are seasonally inundated, including coastal areas that are occasionally inundated at the highest tides[
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Found in the wild in a range of soils that are either marshy or subject to seasonal inundation[
]. The plant is tolerant of some salt in the soil[
The bark is diuretic[
The root is used to treat chronic enteritis, diarrhoea, dysentery and intestinal catarrh[
]. It is also taken to increase the appetite, aid the digestion and treat anaemia[
The presence of this tree growing wild is said to provide a good indication that the soil can grow good crops of rice[
The bark and root yield a cork[
The white wood takes nails well and does not crack or warp when drying[
]. It is used for making wooden shoes[
]. It is used in particular for making boxes, and is also used for general carpentry, internal cladding, oars, string instruments, matches[
]. It is traditionally used for making canoes and small boats[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe[
Cuttings of half-ripe wood[
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