Balfourodendron riedelianum

Where is this tree found?

Balfourodendron riedelianum, known locally as ‘Pau-marfim’, is a tropical tree endemic to southern South America, including the Atlantic Forest of Brazil, northwestern Argentina and Paraguay. It is primarily found growing in lowland forests along river banks and extending into Cerrado. Cerrado, meaning closed, is a vast ecosystem covering 20% of Brazil and is comprised of savanna wooded grasslands. This ecosystem is extremely rich in biodiversity, however it is being destroyed at a faster rate than it’s more famous rainforest neighbour.

Why save this tree?

Endemic to southern South America, this species is an important part of the Atlantic Forest canopy. It has suffered heavily due to habitat loss and selective logging. Due to its straight trunk and high quality timber this tree has great potential to be used in silviculture thus providing a sustainable livelihood for local communities if managed responsibly. It also has good potential to be used for carbon sequestration.

How to save this species

Firstly, field surveys and studies will be carried out to discover the true extent of remaining populations in Brazil and to study the reproductive biology of this tree species. Following this, seed will be collected and 2,500 individuals will be propagated and incorporated into in situ habitat restoration projects. These plantings will then be monitored to ensure their successful progress. Local communities will be educated to increase awareness of the environmental importance of this species and deforestation in Brazil.

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Field surveys

Field surveys will be conducted to inventory remaining individuals and studies will investigate the reproductive biology of this species

Seed collection

Seeds of this species will be collected and propagated in a nursery

In situ planting

This species will be incorporated into habitat restoration programmes and planted in situ


In situ plantings will be monitored for progress


Local habitat restoration professionals will be trained

Education and outreach programme

Local communities will be educated about the environment and the protection of threatened species

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