Encenillo Tree

The encenillo, a tree native to the highlands of the Andean region of Colombia, belongs to the Cunoniaceae family.

Other names for this tree include:

  • Weinmannia tomentosa
  • Windmannia tomentosa”

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Weinmannia tomentosa is native to tropical regions of Central and South America, particularly in countries like Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. This tree thrives in a variety of habitats, including moist lowland forests, mountain forests, and black soil areas.

Furthermore, it grows well in disturbed areas, making it an easy tree species to cultivate. The tree is adapted to thrive in humid tropical environments and can tolerate a wide range of soil types. The species grows at elevations up to 2000 meters above sea level. In its natural habitat, Weinmannia tomentosa is often found in areas with high rainfall, high humidity, and warm temperatures.

Black is indigenous | orange exotic

Application of Encenillo

The encenillo tree is used as a source of tannins for the leather industry. This imparts a beautiful reddish color to the leather. The wood is exceptionally attractive and highly valued in the timber industry. Additionally, the wood is used in the traditional preparation of Colombian cheese arepas.

More about the Weinmannia tormentosa

The flowering period begins in spring (March-April or September-October). The yellowish flowers are small and attract bees.The Windmannia tomentosa has small, shiny green, pinnate leaves. They are reddish to brown in color. The leaves are hairy when young, turning red as they mature before falling.

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