Copaiba hymenaeifolia (Moric.) Kuntze
Copaifera chodatiana Hassl.
Copaifera hymenaeifolia Moric.
Guibourtia chodatiana (Hassl.) J. Léonard
Peltogyne heterophylla M.F. Silva
Pseudocopaiva chodatiana (Hassl.) Dwyer
Pseudocopaiva hymenaefolia (Moric.) Britton & P. Wilson
Guibourtia hymenaefolia is a semideciduous tree with an elongate crown; it can grow 10 - 18 metres tall[
]. The straight, cylindrical bole is 40 - 70cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber. An ornamental plant, it is suitable for landscaping[
S. America - Paraguay, central Brazil, Bolivia. Caribbean - Cuba.
Calcareous and dry forests, mainly in dry terrains on gentle slopes in calcareous soils of good fertility[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Prefers a position in full sun or light shade[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
Young seedlings are slow to establish and grow away when planted out[
Although many species within the family Fabaceae have a symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria, this species is said to be devoid of such a relationship and therefore does not fix atmospheric nitrogen.
The wood is close and straight-grained; of medium and uniform texture; hard to cut; with good mechanical properties; very heavy and very durable when protected from the weather[
]. It is used for general construction, luxury furniture, wooden flooring blocks, boards, posts, railway ties etc[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe. Sow in a nursery seedbed or in individual containers, covering them with 5mm of soil[
]. Germination rates are usually low, with the seed sprouting within 4 - 5 weeks[
]. Pot the seedlings up into individual containers when they are about 5 - 6cm tall[
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