The barbachele tree [vochysia ferruginea] grows in primary forest. It does well in tropical forest or forests with a humid climate. The barbachele can grow to 100 to 130 feet (30 m to 55 m). Barbachele trees are known for having wood that is resistant to fungus and insects. Their lumber is used to make things like cabinets, paper, and a decorative outer shell known as veneer.

This tree flowers at different points throughout the year, during both the rainy and dry season. It blooms with clusters of yellow-orange flowers that have a pleasant, fairly strong scent.

The barbachele tree produces small brown pods, and each contains three seeds. Eventually the pods burst open, releasing the seeds. These seeds are wing-shaped, making it easy for the breeze to carry them away.