Bowdichia virgilioides is a deciduous Tree growing to 20 m (65ft) by 18 m (59ft) at a fast rate. It is hardy to zone (UK) The flowers are pollinated by Insects. Bowdichia virgilioides Trusted Image of Bowdichia virgilioides; Map of Bowdichia virgilioides Explore what EOL knows about Bowdichia virgilioides. Bowdichia virgilioides Kunth, Fabaceae, is a plant commonly employed in the Brazilian folk medicine to treat infl ammatory conditions. Nevertheless, despite its .

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Alcornoco, Bowdichia virgilioides, is a fairly fast-growing tree that can be used as pioneer species when restoring woodland. In the rainforest, it is a large evergreen tree up to 36 m tall but in the bowdichiz it is much smaller and can grow up to 16 m only. Root tubercles and the bark are applied externally to treat various skin conditions.

They are antirheumatic, astringent, depurative, febrifuge and hypoglycaemic.

Seed oil is also applied externally for relief from articular pain. The wood is resistant to insect attack, hard, heavy, and very durable.

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Alcornoco is used in landscaping as an ornamental tree. Cebipira virgiliodes Kunth Kuntze. Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.

The root tubercles and the bark are antirheumatic, astringent, depurative, febrifuge and hypoglycaemic[]. They are applied externally in the treatment of skin conditions[]. The seed oil is rubbed on the skin to treat articular pain[].

Lupeol and an alkaloid have been isolated from the bark[]. A fairly fast-growing tree that grows well in full sun, fixes atmospheric nitrogen and can succeed in dry and poor soils.

It can be used as a pioneer species when restoring woodland[ ]. Other Uses The heartwood, is brown to reddish-brown; it is sharply demarcated from the narrow band of almost white sapwood. Lustre is low; growth rings not visible; texture coarse and uneven; grain rarely straight, usually cross or wavy; no distinct odour or taste are present[ ]. The wood is hard, strong, stiff, fairly heavy, very durable and very resistant to insect attack[]. Not easy to work with hand tools, particularly if cross grain is present; it can be planed to a good surface if a low cutting angle is used; rather difficult to nail, but nailing and screw-holding characteristics are good; finishes smoothly and takes a high polish; stains and glues well.


A very decorative wood and a good joinery timber, it is used for indoor finishing as floorboards, wainscoting, frames, panels and doors, as well as for hubs, felloes of cartwheels etc[ 46, ].

Succeeds in a sunny position[ ]. Found in the wild mainly on well-drained soils, it can succeed in both dry and poor conditions[ ].

Established plants are drought howdichia ]. A fairly fast-growing tree, able to reach a height of around 3 metres within 2 years from seed[ ]. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain bowdixhia 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. Plants For A Future have a number of books available in paperback and digital form.

Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs. Seed – it has a hard seedcoat and may benefit from scarification before sowing bowwdichia 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! 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 vvirgilioides the embryo and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing.

Sow the seed in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed or in individual containers. A very low germination rate can be expected from untreated seed, with the seed sprouting within 30 – 60 days[ ].

When the seedbed-sown seedlings are 5 – 6cm tall, pot them up into individual vidgilioides and they should be ready to plant out 5 – 6 months later[]. Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. This taxon has not yet been assessed.

Antinociceptive activity of aqueous extract of Bowdichia virgilioides in mice.

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Bowdichia virgilioides is a deciduous Tree growing to 20 m 65ft by 18 m 59ft at a fast rate. It is hardy to zone UK The flowers are pollinated by Insects. It can fix Nitrogen. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist bowxichia and can tolerate drought. QR Code What’s this?

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The root tubercles and the bark are antirheumatic, astringent, depurative, febrifuge and hypoglycaem. Flickr – Alex Popovkin.