Calliandra brachyandra Speg.
Feuilleea scalaris (Griseb.) Kuntze
Pithecellobium anajuliae Rizzini
Pithecellobium scalare Griseb.
Pithecellobium tenuiflorum Benth.
Pithecellobium tortum pubescens Benth.
Pithecellobium tortum scalare (Griseb.) Hassl.
Chloroleucon tenuiflorum is a deciduous tree that can be spiny or unarmed. It can grow 6 - 12 metres tall with a dense, vase-shaped crown. The more or less straight and cylindrical bole can be 30 - 40cm in diameter with a thick, corky bark[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its attractive timber. An attractive plant, it can be used in landscaping[
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, central and eastern Brazil, Bolivia.
Secondary formations in forests; open areas; river forests and on the banks of rivers; often in calcareous formations, favouring moist, fertile soils[
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Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Often found in the wild in calcareous formations[
]. Prefers a moist, fertile soil[
The wood is medium-textured, cross-grained, moderately heavy, hard, with good mechanical properties and moderately durable. It is used for making fine furniture, frames, decorative coverings, shoe molds, tool handles, railway sleepers, fence posts etc[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - it has a hard seedcoat and benefits from scarification before sowing to speed up and improve 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. Sow the treated seed in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed. A high germination rate can be expected from treated seeds, with the seed sprouting within 20 - 28 days[
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