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Useful Tropical Plants

Pseudopiptadenia psilostachya

(DC.) G.P.Lewis & M.P.Lima

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Acacia psilostachya DC.

Newtonia psilostachya (DC.) Brenan

Piptadenia psilostachya (DC.) Benth.

Common Name:

Pseudopiptadenia psilostachya
Flowering stem
Photograph by: A. Gentry
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General Information

Pseudopiptadenia psilostachya is a tree that can grow up to 30 metres tall. The bole is buttressed[
422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally and also traded.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - northern Brazil, Colombia, the Guyanas.

Habitat

Rainforests on lateritic soils[
422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitTree
Height25.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



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[
755
Title
Nodulation Plants in GRIN Taxonomy
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ars-grin.gov/~sbmljw/cgi-bin/taxnodul.pl?language=en
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database listing plants that have either positive or negative reports on root and stem nodulation with nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The heartwood is a pinkish brown to red-brown or light brown, sometimes with darker, thin veins; it is not clearly demarcated from the 3 - 8cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain straight or interlocked, sometimes wavy. The wood is moderately heavy to heavy; moderately hard to very hard, elastic; moderately durable, having good resistance to dry wood borers and some resistance to fungi and termites. The wood seasons somewhat slowly, with a high risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is moderately stable in service. It has a fairly high blunting effect, so stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools are recommended; planing is often difficult due to the interlocked grain; nailing and screwing are good, but require pre-boring; gluing is correct. The wood is used in heavy construction, industrial flooring, turnery, furniture components, boxes and crates, joinery, musical instruments, formwork etc[
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 -
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