Coumarouna ferrea Ducke
Coumarouna micrantha (Harms) Ducke
Dipteryx ferrea (Ducke) Ducke
Common Name: Charapilla
Dipteryx micrantha is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 40 metres tall[
The wood is of high value and is often harvested from the forest for local use and for trade (often illegally)[
]. The plant is also harvested for local use as a food.
S. America - Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Brazil
Primary and secondary lowland rain forest in areas not subject to inundation, pastures, plantations and farmland; at elevations up to 500 metres.
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The oily fruit is edible[
Seed - boiled[
The large trunks are used as drums[
The large seeds are used to make necklaces and also waist belts, where the seeds clicking together add a musical dimension to the sounds of drum beats and the dancer’s stomping feet[
The hard wood is used locally for constructing boats, traditional houses etc[
]. It is selectively harvested and sold in local markets[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a semi-shaded position in individual containers[
]. Germination rates are usually low, with the seed sprouting within 30 - 40 days[
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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