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Tachigali rubiginosa - (Mart. ex Tul.) Oliveira-Filho

Common Name Tachigali
Family Fabaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Savannah, wooded savannah and semideciduous forests, favouring well-drained terrains at elevations above 800 metres[420 ].
Range S. America - central and eastern Brazil.
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Weed Potential No
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Tender Moist Soil Full sun
Tachigali rubiginosa Tachigali

Tachigali rubiginosa Tachigali


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Tachigali rubiginosa is a vigorous, semi-deciduous tree commonly found in South America. It has a rounded crown and it grows about 5-10 m in height. Its bole is usually crooked and around 30-50 cm in diameter. No plant part is edible nor of medicinal importance. However, the tree is used as a pioneer species in reforestation projects. It also produces a good quality timber which makes an excellent fuel and charcoal.

Physical Characteristics

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Tachigali rubiginosa is a deciduous Tree growing to 7.5 m (24ft) by 7.5 m (24ft) at a fast rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 10. The flowers are pollinated by Bees.
It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Sclerolobium paniculatum rubiginosum (Mart. ex Tul.) Benth. Sclerolobium rubiginosum Mart. ex Tul.

Plant Habitats

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Furniture  Pioneer  Wood

Agroforestry Uses: A fast-growing natural pioneer plant, succeeding in full sun, it can be used in reforestation projects for restoring native woodland[420 ]. Other Uses The wood is thick-textured, very heavy, hard, with high mechanical resistance and very durable. It is used locally for carpentry, but mainly for external purposes such as railway sleepers, fence posts and stakes[420 ]. The wood is an excellent fuel with a high calorific value, it is also used to make a very high quality charcoal[420 ]. The trees of many members of this genus yield a wood suitable for light construction, known in the trade as 'tachi'[848 ]. We do not have any more specific information for the wood of this species, but a general description of tachi wood is as follows:- The wood is light brown; it is clearly demarcated from the 3 - 6cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain straight or slightly interlocked. The wood is light to moderately heavy; soft to moderately hard; not very durable in one report[848 ], durable in another[420 ]. It seasons at a nornal rate with only a slight risk of distortion, but a high risk of checking; once dry it is poorly stable in service. It is fairly easy to work, but sawn surfaces can be somewhat fuzzy - stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools are recommended; nailing and screwing are good, but require pre-boring. The wood is used for purposes such as interior panelling and joinery, furniture components, light carpentry, crates and boxes[316 , 420 , 848 ].

Special Uses

Nitrogen Fixer

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Cultivation details

Grows best in a sunny position[420 ]. Requires a well-drained soil[420 ]. Established plants are drought tolerant[420 ]. A fast-growing tree, especially when young[420 ]. There are conflicting reports on whether or not this tree has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, so it is unclear as to whether this tree fixes atmospheric nitrogen.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - it has a hard seedcoat and may benefit from scarification before sowing to speed up germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing. Sow the treated seed in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed. A low germination rate can be expected even if the seed is treated, with the seed sprouting within 28 - 35 days[420 ].

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Weed Potential

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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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