Tabebuia stenocalyx is a deciduous tree growing up to 45 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole has low buttresses and can be up to 90cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber.
S. America - Brazil, Venezuela, the Guyanas; Caribbean - Trinidad and Tobago.
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The heartwood is variously described as creamy, yellowish, or greyish brown or sometimes brownish, often with dark flecks showing on the surface; it is not clearly differentiated from the lighter coloured sapwood[
]. The texture is medium; the grain fairly straight; the lustre moderately high; without distinctive odour or taste; and without the yellow powder (lapachon) found in other species in the lapachon group of Tabebuia[
]. The wood is of medium weight, moderately hard, firm, strong and resilient but not very durable[
]. Logs are reported to spring badly during conversion; dry lumber saws, planes, shapes, bores, mortises, and sands easily with smooth clean edges in all operations. It finishes and polishes very smoothly with a glossy finish[
]. The wood is well suited for use in tool handles and for boat decking and boat parts, where high resistance to decay is not essential. It is used extensively for furniture, flooring, interior house trim, building construction, and general carpentry. In the areas where it grows it is also used for paddles and packing cases. On the basis of its qualities, this timber could be substituted for ash in sporting goods, agricultural implements, and possibly for decorative veneer[
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