Vouapa taxifolia (Benth.) Taub.
Macrolobium taxifolium is a tree with a flat crown; it can grow around 18 metres tall. The erect, cylindrical bole can be free of branches for around 8 - 9.5 metres and up to 70cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of materials.
S. America - northern Peru, Venezuela
Humid areas in dense forests[
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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 reddish to dark chocolate brown, fibrous bark is sometimes used for binding balata blocks and to tie balsa rafts[
The heartwood is a dark, pinkish brown; it is not sharply demarcated from the sapwood, which is yellowish white when fresh, darkening on exposure to pinkish brown. The wood is straight-grained; medium- or rather coarse-textured; light, but firm; easy to work; takes a smooth, lustrous finish. It checks in drying[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in individual containers. A high germination rate can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 30 - 40 days[
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