Cucullaria haenkeana Spreng.
Vochysia haenkeana is a semideciduous tree with a roundish, sparse crown growing 8 - 20 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 40 - 60cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber, which is also used locally for fuel. An ornamental tree, it is valued for its bark and flowers and can be used for urban tree planting in general[
S. America - Bolivia, central and northern Brazil, Peru.
Sandy or heavy loams amongst shrubs and low trees of second growth at elevations of 400 - 540 metres in Peru[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of mainly lowland areas in the tropics, though it is occasionally found as high as 1,200 metres.
Succeeds in full sun or light shade[
]. Prefers a fertile soil[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
Wood exudes a translucent, viscid resin when cut[
The heartwood is dark red, pinkish, or purplish brown and thin; it is well demarcated from the sapwood, which is pale brown with greyish streaks[
]. The wood is straight-grained; medium or rather coarse-textured; odourless, but with a slightly bitter taste[
]. A soft wood; it is of fairly light or medium weight; fairly durable; easy to plane; takes a smooth polish[
]. It is used for internal work in general construction; for cabinet making; tool handles, toys and agricultural implements[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - of short viability, it should be sown in partial shade in a nursery seedbed as soon as it is ripe[
]. The germination rate, even of fresh seed, is usually quite low, with the seed sprouting in 40 - 60 days[
]. Pot up the seedlings into individual containers when they are large enough to handle. They can be quite difficult to grow away successfully, possibly due to the need for a mycorrhizal relationship[
]. Adding some soil from around a healthy tree to the potting compost might resolve the problem[
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