Vataireopsis surinamensis is a tree. The straight bole can be 60 - 90cm in diameter[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicinal and source of timber.
Northern S. America - Venezuela, the Guyanas.
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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 barks of the root and trunk are ground into a fine powder and then mixed in water to make a cataplasm which is used as a remedy for erysipelas[
The bark of the trunk is taken in a decoction as a treatment for leishmaniasis and various types of dermatitis[
The heartwood has been shown to contain anthraquinones[
The heartwood is bright yellow when freshly sawn, becoming light brown to dark brown or red brown upon exposure to air; it is clearly demarcated from the 4 - 7cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is coarse; the grain straight or slightly interlocked. The wood is moderately heavy to heavy; varying from soft to hard; elastic; moderately durable, being resistant to dry wood borers and moderately resistant to fungi and termites. It seasons fairly quickly with only a slight risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is moderately stable to stable in service. There is quire a high blunting efect, stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools are recommended; it planes easily; nailing and screwing are good, but require pre-boring; gluing is correct. The wood can be used for making high class furniture, stairs, panelling, flooring, sliced veneer, industrial or heavy flooring, joinery, formwork, exterior joinery, heavy carpentry etc[
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