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Description for Caesalpinia echinata
Paubrasilia echinata is a species of Brazilian timber tree in the pea family, Fabaceae. Common names include Brazilwood, Pernambuco tree
Planting and care
Prefers a well-drained, alkaline soil and a position in full sun. Established plants are very drought tolerant. Plants are fairly tolerant of salt-laden winds.
A moderately fast-growing tree, reaching a height of up to 2 metres within 2 years from seed.Plants begin to flower when around 3 - 4 years of age
Caring for Caesalpinia echinata
- Organic mulch should be spread around Pride of Barbados plants when they are grown in the landscape. It should be 2 to 3 inches deep and cover the entire root zone. Keeping the mulch 6 inches away from the stems or trunk will help prevent damage to the bark from excessive, prolonged exposure to moisture.
Typical uses of Caesalpinia echinata
Special features: The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)
Culinary use: leaves
Ornamental use: it is sometimes cultivated as an ornamental and barrier plant
Medicinal use: The tree is commonly gathered from the wild and used locally as a medicinal and dye plant, and as a source of timber.
A charcoal made from the powdered bark is infused and used to treat diarrhoea in children.
The wood is odontalgic and tonic
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