homebanner homebanner homebanner homebanner homebanner homebanner
Tachigali rubiginosa - (Mart. ex Tul.) Oliveira-Filho
Common Name Tachigali
Family Fabaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Savannah, wooded savannah and semideciduous forests, favouring well-drained terrains at elevations above 800 metres[420 ].
Range S. America - central and eastern Brazil.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Tender Moist Soil Full sun

Tachigali rubiginosa is a vigorous, semi-deciduous tree commonly found in South America. It has a rounded crown and it grows about 5-10 m in height. Its bole is usually crooked and around 30-50 cm in diameter. No plant part is edible nor of medicinal importance. However, the tree is used as a pioneer species in reforestation projects. It also produces a good quality timber which makes an excellent fuel and charcoal.

Tachigali rubiginosa Tachigali

Tachigali rubiginosa Tachigali
Physical Characteristics
 icon of manicon of lolypop
Tachigali rubiginosa is a deciduous Tree growing to 7.5 m (24ft) by 7.5 m (24ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. and are pollinated by Bees.It can fix Nitrogen.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Sclerolobium paniculatum rubiginosum (Mart. ex Tul.) Benth. Sclerolobium rubiginosum Mart. ex Tul.

Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses
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.

None known
Other Uses
Agroforestry Uses: A fast-growing natural pioneer plant, succeeding in full sun, it can be used in reforestation projects for restoring native woodland[420 ]. Other Uses The wood is thick-textured, very heavy, hard, with high mechanical resistance and very durable. It is used locally for carpentry, but mainly for external purposes such as railway sleepers, fence posts and stakes[420 ]. The wood is an excellent fuel with a high calorific value, it is also used to make a very high quality charcoal[420 ]. The trees of many members of this genus yield a wood suitable for light construction, known in the trade as 'tachi'[848 ]. We do not have any more specific information for the wood of this species, but a general description of tachi wood is as follows:- The wood is light brown; it is clearly demarcated from the 3 - 6cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain straight or slightly interlocked. The wood is light to moderately heavy; soft to moderately hard; not very durable in one report[848 ], durable in another[420 ]. It seasons at a nornal rate with only a slight risk of distortion, but a high risk of checking; once dry it is poorly stable in service. It is fairly easy to work, but sawn surfaces can be somewhat fuzzy - stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools are recommended; nailing and screwing are good, but require pre-boring. The wood is used for purposes such as interior panelling and joinery, furniture components, light carpentry, crates and boxes[316 , 420 , 848 ].
Cultivation details
Grows best in a sunny position[420 ]. Requires a well-drained soil[420 ]. Established plants are drought tolerant[420 ]. A fast-growing tree, especially when young[420 ]. There are conflicting reports on whether or not this tree has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, so it is unclear as to whether this tree fixes atmospheric nitrogen.
Seed - it has a hard seedcoat and may benefit from scarification before sowing to 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!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. 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 damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing. Sow the treated seed in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed. A low germination rate can be expected even if the seed is treated, with the seed sprouting within 28 - 35 days[420 ].
Other Names
Found In
Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed
Related Plants


Print Friendly and PDF
Expert comment
(Mart. ex Tul.) Oliveira-Filho
Botanical References
Links / References
For a list of references used on this page please go here
A special thanks to Ken Fern for some of the information used on this page.
Readers comment
QR Code

What's this?

This is a QR code (short for Quick Response) which gives fast-track access to our website pages. QR Codes are barcodes that can be read by mobile phone (smartphone) cameras. This QR Code is unique to this page. All plant pages have their own unique code. For more information about QR Codes click here.

1. Copy and print the QR code to a plant label, poster, book, website, magazines, newspaper etc and even t-shirts.
2. Smartphone users scan the QR Code which automatically takes them to the webpage the QR Code came from.
3. Smartphone users quickly have information on a plant directly for the pfaf.org website on their phone.
Add a comment

If you have important information about this plant that may help other users please add a comment or link below. Only comments or links that are felt to be directly relevant to a plant will be included. If you think a comment/link or information contained on this page is inaccurate or misleading we would welcome your feedback at admin@pfaf.org. If you have questions about a plant please use the Forum on this website as we do not have the resources to answer questions ourselves.

* Please note: the comments by website users are not necessarily those held by PFAF and may give misleading or inaccurate information.

To leave a comment please Register or login here All comments need to be approved so will not appear immediately.

Subject : Tachigali rubiginosa  

Plant Uses

Edible Uses
Medicinal Uses
Other Plant uses
Woodland Gardening
Why Perennial Plants?
Top Edible Plants
Top Medicinal Plants
Garden Design

Twiter      Facebook


Content Help
Support Us
Old Database Search
About Us
Sign In

PFAF Newsletter

Stay informed about PFAFs progress,
challenges and hopes by signing up for
our free email ePost. You will receive
a range of benefits including:
* Important announcements and news
* Exclusive content not on the website
* Updates on new information &
functionality of the website & database

We will not sell or share your email address.
You can unsubscribe at anytime.