Ateleia glazioveana is a deciduous tree with a vase-shaped crown growing 8 - 18 metres tall. The bole can be 30 - 50cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild, which is used locally mainly as a fuel. An excellent pioneer species that has high potential in reforestation schemes.
There are reports that the plant can be toxic to mammals.
S. America - Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia.
Broadleaved and Atlantic rainforest, usually in open areas and secondary growth, favouring moist soils and forest fringes[
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Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Prefers a moist soil[
The plant is a vigorous pioneer species, producing seed abundantly and self-sowing freely into open land. It is considered to be a weed in some parts of its native range where it has invaded pasture land[
A fast-growing tree, easily reaching a height of 4 metres or more within 2 years from seed[
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby.
A fast-growing tree, tolerant of the sun even as a seedling, it fixes atmospheric nitrogen. Considered to be a weed in many pasture areas, this is an excellent species to choose when restoring native woodland[
]. It could also be used as a pioneer species when starting a woodland garden, though should only be used within its natural range due to the possibility that it could escape from cultivation and invade non-native areas[
The wood is light in weight, smooth, not very compact, slightly coarse surface, of low durability when exposed to the elements. It is only used for lower quality indoor purposes such as sheathing, inner walls, laths, boxes etc[
The wood is used for fuel[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed. A high germination rate can usually be expected, with the seed sprouting within 10 - 20 days[
]. The seedlings grow away quickly and they should be ready to plant out less than 5 months later[
Like many species within the family Fabaceae, once they have been dried for storage the seeds of this species may benefit from scarification before sowing in order to speed up germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing[
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