Tipuana erythrocarpa Ducke
Vatairea erythrocarpa is a tree that can grow from 20 - 40 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood.
A fine dust raised during working the wood affects some operators[
S. America - Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, French Guiana; C. America - Panama, Costa Rica.
Wet and very humid forests at low to medium elevations[
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Although many species within the family Fabaceae have a symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria, this species is said to be devoid of such a relationship and therefore does not fix atmospheric nitrogen[
The wood is of very good quality and is used in carpentry, joinery and construction in general[
We do not have any more information about the wood of this species. However, a general description for the wood of plants in this genus is as follows:-
The heartwood is yellow, becoming orange-brown upon exposure, striped with parenchyma, sometimes with an oily appearance; it is distinct from the whitish, grayish, or brownish-yellow sapwood. The texture is coarse to very coarse; the grain straight to strongly interlocked; lustre is variable; there is no distinctive odour but the wood has a bitter taste. A silica content of 0.2% is reported. The heartwood is rated as moderately durable to durable based on graveyard tests. The wood is reported to have a moderate air-drying rate with little or no drying defects. It is generally reported to be moderately good in machining characteristics, but torn and raised grain in planing is common. The wood is used for purposes such as construction work, flooring, general carpentry, railroad crossties[
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