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Useful Tropical Plants

Tabebuia stenocalyx

Sprague & Stapf

Bignoniaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Tabebuia stenocalyx
Tree (the tallest one) growing in its native habitat
Photograph by: Alex Popovkin, Bahia, Brazil
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General Information

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[
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Brazil, Venezuela, the Guyanas; Caribbean - Trinidad and Tobago.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitDeciduous Tree
Height35.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

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[
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
]. 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[
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
]. The wood is of medium weight, moderately hard, firm, strong and resilient but not very durable[
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
]. 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[
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
]. 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[
378
Title
Present and Potential Commercial Timbers of the Caribbean
Publication
USDA Agricultural Handbook No. 207
Author
Longwood.F.R.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service; Washington, DC.
Year
1962
ISBN
 
Description
Quite detailed information on more than 60 species of Caribbean timber trees, giving species descriptions, habitat, detailed info on the wood and some info on other uses. Available for download on the internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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