If you would like to support this site, please consider Donating.
Useful Tropical Plants

Peltogyne heterophylla

M.F.Silva

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

No Image.

General Information

Peltogyne heterophylla is a tall semi-deciduous tree.
The tree is one of the sources of 'purpleheart' timber, a high quality wood that is often harvested from the wild, mainly for trade.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - eastern Brazil, Bolivia.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitSemi-deciduous Tree
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The heartwood is a greyish purple when freshly cut, becoming a violet colour as the wood oxidixes in contact with the air - this gradually darkens to an attractive dark brown over a period of years; it is distinctly demarcated from the 5 - 10cm wide band of pinkish sapwood. The texture is medium, the grain straight; lustre is medium to high. The wood is heavy, hard, elastic; it is durable, being resistant to dry wood borers and termites, and moderately resistant to fungi. It seasons somewhat slowly with only a slight risk of checking or distortion; once dry it is moderately stable in service. The wood had a fairly high blunting effect, stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools are recommended; nailing and screwing are good, but require pre-boring; gluing is correct. A very good quality wood, it is used for high class furniture, cabinet work, inlay work, carving, turnery, musical instruments, flooring, panelling, joinery, ship building, tool handles, heavy carpentry, veneer etc[
363
Title
Technical Information on 134 Species of Bolivian Woods
Publication
 
Author
USDA Forest Service -- Forest Products Lab
Website
http://www2.fpl.fs.fed.us/publications/
Publisher
USDA Forest Service
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A PDF file, available for download. Exactly what the title says, brief and to the point.
,
848
Title
Tropix 7
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://tropix.cirad.fr/en
Publisher
CIRAD
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line guide to the timbers of 245 species of trees.
].

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2024-05-28. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Peltogyne+heterophylla>

Add a Comment:

If you have any useful information about this plant, please leave a comment. Comments have to be approved before they are shown here.