Riveria nitens Kunth
Swartzia elegans Schott
Swartzia pulchra Vogel
Swartzia standleyi (Britton & Rose) Standl.
Tounatea myrtifolia (Sm.) Taub.
Tounatea standleyi Britton & Rose
Tunatea myrtifolia (Sm.) Kuntze
Swartzia myrtifolia is an evergreen tree with a narrow, spreading crown; it can grow 6 - 12 metres tall[
]. The straight bole is somewhat compressed with low buttresses. It can be 25cm or more in diameter and usually branches from about 2 metres[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber, which is mainly used locally.
The sawdust from wood of plants in this genus can be irritating to mill workers[
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela.
Riverine forest and forested slopes[
]. Dense, flood-free forests at elevations around 150 metres[
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Although many species within the family Fabaceae have a symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria, this species is said to be devoid of such a relationship and therefore does not fix atmospheric nitrogen[
Sapwood distinctly defined, creamy yellow to pale pinkish brown and subject to sap-stain; heartwood dark chocolate brown and perishable. Wood odourless and tasteless; straight- or interwoven-grained; fine-textured; rather heavy, hard, and strong; not easy to work and takes a smooth polish; durable. Growth rings absent or poorly defined[
The dense timber is esteemed in the vicinity of Yurimaguas for pillars and for rollers for crushing sugar cane[
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