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Useful Tropical Plants

Vatairea erythrocarpa

(Ducke) Ducke

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Tipuana erythrocarpa Ducke

Common Name:

Vatairea erythrocarpa
Leaves and ripening seedpods
Photograph by: R. Pérez; Center for Tropical Forest Science
© Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
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General Information

Vatairea erythrocarpa is a tree that can grow from 20 - 40 metres tall[
333
Title
Tree Species of Panama
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://ctfs.arnarb.harvard.edu/webatlas/mainframe.php?order=s
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Factsheets on all the tree and shrub species of Panama, giving identification guide, brief guide to the species and some uses. A vast, but rather incomplete work as of 15/07/09.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood.

Known Hazards

A fine dust raised during working the wood affects some operators[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
].

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, French Guiana; C. America - Panama, Costa Rica.

Habitat

Wet and very humid forests at low to medium elevations[
333
Title
Tree Species of Panama
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://ctfs.arnarb.harvard.edu/webatlas/mainframe.php?order=s
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Factsheets on all the tree and shrub species of Panama, giving identification guide, brief guide to the species and some uses. A vast, but rather incomplete work as of 15/07/09.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitSemi-deciduous Tree
Height30.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



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[
755
Title
Nodulation Plants in GRIN Taxonomy
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ars-grin.gov/~sbmljw/cgi-bin/taxnodul.pl?language=en
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database listing plants that have either positive or negative reports on root and stem nodulation with nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The wood is of very good quality and is used in carpentry, joinery and construction in general[
333
Title
Tree Species of Panama
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://ctfs.arnarb.harvard.edu/webatlas/mainframe.php?order=s
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Factsheets on all the tree and shrub species of Panama, giving identification guide, brief guide to the species and some uses. A vast, but rather incomplete work as of 15/07/09.
].
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[
316
Title
Tropical Timbers of the World. Ag. Handbook No. 607.
Publication
 
Author
Chudnoff. Martin.
Publisher
USDA Forest Service. Wisconsin.
Year
1984
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details on the properties of the wood of almost 400 species of trees from the Tropics.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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