Qualea excelsa Glaz.
Qualea fasciculata (Mart.) Spreng.
Qualea maliformis Link ex Warm.
Qualea minaensis Glaz.
Vochysia radlkoferi Kuntze
Callisthene fasciculata is a deciduous tree with a dense, widely globose crown; it can grow 7 - 18 metres tall. The more or less straight, cylindrical bole can be 40 - 60cm in diameter with a thick bark[
The tree produces a good quality timber and so is often harvested from the wild. An ornamental plant, especially when in bloom, it has potential for use in landscaping[
S. America - central, eastern and northern Brazil, Bolivia.
Rainforest, savannah and the transition zones between them, growing in both primary forest and the more open, secondary formations; favouring well-drained, fertile soils[
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Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Prefers a well-drained, fertile soil[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
The heartwood is greyish-brown; the sapwood a lighter greyish brown. The wood is thick-textured, irregular-grained, with a tenuous lustre and no distinct taste or odour. It is moderately heavy, hard to cut, with excellent mechanical properties, of good durability, resistant to fungal attacks and highly resistant to insect attack. It is used in construction, for parquet flooring, and for a range of external applications such as stakes, fence posts, bridges, beams etc[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed. A low germination rate can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 35 - 50 days[
]. When the seedlings are 4 - 5cm tall, pot them up into individual containers. Plants usually grow away poorly as they grow larger, it might be that they need an association with some specific organism in the soil - it could be worthwhile using soil from around a healthy large specimen to try and introduce this organism[
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