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Useful Tropical Plants

Acanthosyris falcata

Griseb.

Santalaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Acanthosyris falcata
Fruiting branch
Photograph by: Lidia Perez de Molas
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General Information

Acanthosyris falcata is a spiny, deciduous shrub or small tree with a large and intricate crown; it can grow up to 10 metres tall. The bole can be 20 - 40cm in diameter.
The tree yields an edible fruit that is often gathered from the wild by children.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *
Other Uses Rating *
HabitDeciduous Tree
Height8.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of subtropical to tropical areas, where it can be found at elevations from around sea level to over 1,000 metres. Plants are damaged by frost.

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. The fibrous pulp is juicy and sweet. Children in rural areas use the fruits rather like gum - they chew them until they are reduced to a dry, whitish fibrous mass then spit them out. The fruit is used for making liqueurs[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. The red fruit is the size of a cherry[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. The globose fruit is yellow when mature, 15 to 18mm in diameter, similar to a small damask, with a single seed.

Medicinal

The plant has local medicinal uses[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Other Uses

The white to yellow wood is soft and of medium weight. It has limited uses. It is used for making furniture[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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