This species is sometimes treated as a synonym of Vochysia ferruginea (Mart.) Standl.
Cucullaria excelsa Vahl.
Cucullaria tomentosa G.Mey.
Vochysia tomentosa Seem.
Vochysia tomentosa is a tree that can grow up to 50 metres tall. The bole can vary from good to poor in form, it can be free of branches for up to 20 metres and up to 60cm in diameter, exceptionally to 90cm, with buttresses[
The tree is harvested from the wild forits wood, which is traded[
S. America - northern Brazil, the Guyanas.
Rain forests on well-drained soils; silt soils adjacent to waterways; sandy soils; making its best growth along the coastal plain. Also found on abandoned farmland on the poorer soils; rarely on very swampy sites, limestone or marl areas[
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The freshly cut heartwood varies in colour from a light brown to a pinkish yellow, turning a dull uniform pink or
pinkish-brown when dry, sometimes with a distinct golden cast; it is distinct, but not always sharply demarcated from the 8 - 13cm wide band of gray or buff-coloured sapwood. Vertical traumatic gum ducts, filled with orange-brown gum, may occur sporadically and are sometmies large enough to be considered an objectionable defect. The texture is coarse to medium and of a rather fibrous nature; the grain is generally straight, but interlocked grain may occur in layers 2 - 5cm thick; lustre is medium to high; there is no distinctive odour or taste.The heartwood has little resistance to decay in contact with the soil; however, pure culture tests indicate the wood is very durable to a white rot fungus, although somewhat variable in this respect, and moderately durable to a brown-rot fungus. The wood is rated moderately difficult to air-season and kiln-dry; it dries at a moderate to slow rate with slight surface checking, case hardening, and warp. Mechanical properties are moderate to good for a wood of its density; it works readily but possesses rather poor machining properties. The wood is recommended for boxes and crates, general carpentry, inexpensive furniture, interior trim, and plywood[
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