Moldenhawera floribunda is an evergreen tree with a dense, globose crown; it can grow 12 - 22 metres tall. The cylindrical bole can be 40 - 60cm in diameter, often with prop roots[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood. Very ornamental when in bloom, it can be used in street planting and for landscaping[
S. America - eastern Brazil.
Atlantic rainforest, growing on hillsides and alluvial plains[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Succeeds in a sunny position and also in dappled shade[
Young plants have a moderate rate of growth[
].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 and sapwood are not clearly demarcated. The wood is medium-textured, cross-grained, moderately heavy, of low durability when exposed to the elements. It is used in house construction and ship building, mainly for indoor purposes such as girders, beams and laths, and also for making boxes.
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed or in individual containers. Germination can be expected within 10 - 20 days[
]. When the seedbed-sown seedlings are 6 - 7cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out less than 7 months later[
The seeds remain viable in storage for more than 6 months[
Like many species within the family Fabaceae, once they have been stored 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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