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Schizolobium parahyba

Brazillian firetree, Gallinazo

This tree is known for its fast growth of sometimes up to 3 meters a year. The wood is odorless, straw-colored, soft and light. Its density increases with age.

The mature tree typically has a straight trunk, up to 40 meters tall and 80 cm wide, that branches out only near the top. The bark is smooth and gray-green except by the scars left by fallen leaves. The leaves are bipinnate, a metre or more in length, with a green stem and 30–50 opposite pinnae, each with 40–60leaflets 2–3 cm long; they are clustered near the end of the branches, and fall off completely in the dry season.[2] Young individuals, often unbranched and with leaves over 2 meters long, may be mistaken for ferns or palms.

The numerous bright yellow nectar-producing flowers, about 3.5 cm in diameter, bloom after the leaves have fallen off

Plant Characteristics

 The leaves are bipinnate, a 

The fruits ripen between April and June. Each fruits is a tadpole-like pod about 10 cm long, containing a single oval seed, smooth and brown.


  bright yellow nectar-producing flowers, about 3.5 cm in diameter, bloom from October through December 

Additional Information

Benefits | Desirability

 Formerly used for dugout canoes, it is now used for toys, boxes, shoe heels, the inner layers of laminated wood, and paper

The leaves contain water-soluble substances that act as antidotes to the bites of Bothrops snakes.(fer de lance) 

The seeds are used traditionally as beads and buttons.


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