Eperua leucantha is an evergreen tree usually growing 12 - 25 metres tall. The bole can be 50 - 60cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber and medicinal uses. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental, valued especially for its white flowers[
S. America - Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela.
Moist rainforests on sandy soils, it is also sometimes found in savannah border forests; at elevations from 120 - 250 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
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 bark is emetic[
]. A strong tea is taken to cause vomiting[
The beautiful rose-purple flowers are sometimes made into a tea for bathing the hair in the belief that it strengthens the growth of the hair[
The wood is very heavy[
]. It is used locally for house posts and for bridges[
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