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Ocotea porosa - (Nees & Mart.) Barroso

Common Name Brazilian-walnut, imbuia
Family Lauraceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards The sawdust can cause skin complaints[848 ].
Habitats Araucaria forest and higher elevations in the Atlantic rainforest, favouring secondary formations[419 ].
Range S. America - Paraguay, southern and eastern Brazil.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Tender Moist Soil Full sun
Ocotea porosa Brazilian-walnut, imbuia


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Summary

Also grown as an ornamental tree, Ocotea porosa or Imbuia is highly valued for its timber and commonly harvested from the wild. It is slow-growing but highly exploited, thus now considered to be a ?Vulnerable? species in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is a semi-deciduous, natural pioneer which can be used in restoration of native woodland. It grows about 40 m in height and 1.8 m in trunk diameter, with an open and oblong crown and short bole. The wood is fragrant, moderately heavy, hard, and durable, and resistant to dry wood borers, fungi, and termites. Its is used in carpentry, panelling, sleepers, bridges, turnery, etc.


Physical Characteristics

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Ocotea porosa is a deciduous Tree growing to 18 m (59ft) by 16 m (52ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Cinnamomum porosum (Nees & Mart.) Kosterm. Nectandra dubia Hassl. Nectandra speciosa Chanc. Oreodaph

Habitats

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Agroforestry Uses: Although slow growing, the tree is a natural pioneer that also provides food for the native fauna[419 ]. It can be used in planting schemes for the restoration of native woodland[K ]. Other Uses The heartwood can be of varied colours, mainly ranging from yellow-brown to a dark brown with irregular, thin, darker layers; it is clearly demarcated from the 3 - 6cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is fine; the grain straight or interlocked; the surface is irregularly lustrous and smooth; there is a pleasant scent. The wood is moderately heavy, moderately hard; fairly durable, even when exposed to the elements, being resistant to dry wood borers and moderately resistant to fungi and termites. It seasons slowly, with only a slight risk of checking or distortion; once dry it is stable in service. It works well with ordinary tools, nailing and screwing are good; gluing is correct. A beautiful wood that is highly valued for the manufacture of luxury furniture, it is also used to make parquet blocks, luxury joinery, carpentry, turnery, panelling, stairs, and for external purposes such as sleepers, bridges and stakes[419 , 848 ].

Cultivation details

Grows best in a sunny position[419 ]. A slow-growing tree[419 ].

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Propagation

Seed -

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Brazilian-walnut, imbuia - Portuguese, canela-imbuia, embuia, umbuia - Portuguese (Brazil), pocota.

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Brazil

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : Status: Vulnerable A1cd

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