Tanibouca guianensis Aubl.
Terminalia dichotoma is a semideciduous tree with a large, dense, oval crown; it can grow 10 - 18 metres tall. The cylindrical bole can be 30 - 40cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its useful timber. It can be used for landscaping in parks and large gardens[
S. America - Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; Caribbean - Trinidad.
Amazon rainforest, in areas not subject to seasonal inundation, in moist soils[
]. Creek and marsh forests[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Succeeds in full sun and in partial shade[
]. Prefers a moist to wet soil[
Young plants have a rapid rate of growth[
The wood is of medium-texture, straight-grained, moderately heavy, hard to cut, with a moderate resistance to wood-eating organisms. It is used in construction for purposes such as beams, scantlings, laths, parquet flooring and floorboards; it is also used to make furniture[
We do not have any more specific information on the wood from this species. However, all the Terminalia species from the tropical Americas are said to have similar woods[
], the following is a general description of that wood:-
The heartwood is a light yellow to yellow brown, sometimes with reddish veins; it is clearly demarcated from the 3 - 8cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain is straight. The wood is heavy to very heavy; hard to very hard; elastic; moderately durable, being resistant to dry wood borers and moderately resistant to fungi and termites. It seasons slowly with a high risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is moderately stable to stable in service. It has a fairly high blunting effect, stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools are recommended; nailing and screwing are good if the holes are pre-bored; gluing is poor. A good quality wood, it is used for high quality furniture, cabinet making, arched goods, turnery, industrial flooring, ship building, joinery, tool handles, moulding, veneer etc[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of less than 20% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 40 - 50 days[
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