Enterolobium maximum is a tree that can grow 35 - 45 metres tall. The bole can be 60 - 100cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally and also traded.
S. America - northeastern Brazil, Bolivia.
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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[
The heartwood is light brown to brown; it is clearly demarcated from the 3 - 6cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is coarse; the grain straight or interlocked. The wood is light to very light in weight; soft; not very durable, being resistant to dry wood borers but susceptible to fungi and termites. It seasons rapidly with only a slight risk of checking or distortion; once dry it is moderately stable to stable in service. The wood works well with ordinary tools; nailing and screwing are good; gluing is correct. The wood has a range of applications, being used for panelling, interior joinery, light carpentry, furniture components, boxes and crates, open boats, matches and blockboard etc[
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