This name is not universally accepted. We are following the treatment in the on-line 2012 Flora do Brasil, based on Pennington, T.D. 1981. Flora Neotropica Monograph: Meliaceae. pp. 89 - 92., but some other treatments place this species as a synonym of Trichilia pallens C.DC.[
Trichilia albicans C.DC.
Trichilia gracilis Loes.
Trichilia oblonga C.DC.
Trichilia casaretti is an evergreen tree with a more or less pyramidal crown; it can grow 5 - 10 metres tall. The bole can be 20 - 30cm in diameter[
The low quality wood is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use. An elegant small tree, it can be used in urban landscaping[
Although relatively widespread, the plant is found in a zone which has experienced serious forest destruction and continues to be threatened. It is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
S. America - southern and eastern Brazil.
Atlantic rainforest, more commonly in the more developed secondary growth formations, growing on floodplains and by rivers at elevations up to 200 metres[
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Grows best in the dappled shade of woodland[
]. Tolerant of seasonal inundation of the soil[
Even when young the plant has a slow rate of growth[
The wood is coarse-textured, straight-grained, moderately heavy, easy to cut, with a moderate resistance to rot. Because of its small size, the wood is only used for purposes such as making boxes[
The wood is used for fuel[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of less than 50% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 60 - 90 days[
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