Paratecoma diandra Kuhlm.
Tecoma peroba Record
Paratecoma peroba is an evergreen tree with a long, narrow crown; it can grow 20 - 40 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be unbranched for up to threequarters its height and 40 - 80cm in diameter[
The tree provides a good quality wood and so is often harvested from the wild for local use and trade. A large but very ornamental tree, it is used in landscaping in parks etc[
A fine dust produced in machining causes skin irritations in some wood workers[
S. America - eastern central Brazil.
Atlantic coastal rain forest, mainly in dense, primary formations but also found in secondary forest, preferring well-drained hillsides[
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Prefers a sunny position[
]. Grows best on well-drained soils[
Trees are moderately fast-growing when young, reaching a height of around 2.5 metres within two years from seed[
The heartwood is light olive, with a yellowish, greenish, or reddish hue, sometimes indistinctly striped; it is sharply demarcated from the white or yellowish sapwood. The texture is fine; fairly lustrous; grain commonly interlocked with a narrow stripe or roey figure; without distinctive odour or taste[
]. The wood is moderately heavy; hard; with moderate mechanical properties; of good natural durability even when exposed to the elements[
]. It is reported to machine easily, but care is needed in planing quartered surfaces; easy to glue and finish, it polishes satisfactorily. It is suitable for fine furniture, decorative covering, veneer, parquet flooring, floorboards, skirting boards, vats and tanks for foodstuffs, lathe work, ship building etc[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed or in individual containers. A germination rate in excess of 40% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 15 - 30 days[
]. When the seedbed sown seedlings are 3 - 5cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out 6 - 8 months later[
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