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Andira coriacea - Pulle

Common Name Red Cabbage Bark Tree
Family Fabaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rain forests and savannah forests[422].
Range S. America - French Guiana, Surinam.
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Weed Potential No
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Tender Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Andira coriacea Red Cabbage Bark Tree


Andira coriacea Red Cabbage Bark Tree

 

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Summary

Andira coriacea is an evergreen tree that has a flat, rounded crown. It grows up to 25 m tall when fully matured. The bole can reach 60 - 90 m in diameter. It is widely cultivated for its highly durable wood in South America. The plant has a symbiotic relationship with soil nitrogen-fixing bacteria. No known edible and medicinal uses for this species.


Physical Characteristics

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Andira coriacea is an evergreen Tree growing to 20 m (65ft) by 20 m (65ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10.
It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Andira wachenheimi Benoist

Habitats

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Wood

Other uses rating: Medium (3/5). Other Uses: The heartwood is pink-brown to red-brown with bands of light coloured wood that give it a distinctive figure; it is clearly demarcated from the 3 - 5cm wide band of sapwood. Texture is coarse; grain straight or interlocked. The wood is heavy, hard, elastic, very durable, being resistant to fungi, dry wood borers and termites, and suitable for use untreated in marine environments and brackish water. The wood seasons fairly quickly with only a slight rish of distortion or check; once dry it is poorly stable in service. It has a strong blunting effect upon tools, stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools are recommended; it is difficult to get a smooth surface when planing because of the alternate bands of hard and soft wood; nailing and screwing are good, but pre-boring is necessary; gluing is correct on dry wood and smooth surfaces, but is suitable for interior uses only. The wood has a wide range of applications, being suitable for use in salt water. It is used in cabinet making, furniture, construction, interior and exterior joinery and panelling, industrial flooring, turned goods, heavy carpentry etc[ 848 ].

Special Uses

Food Forest  Nitrogen Fixer

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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 ].

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Propagation

Seed.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Red Cabbage Bark Tree

Found In

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Weed Potential

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None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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