In Costa Rica, 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.

About The Barbachele

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.

In the Wild

Places Have Been Spotted