Acanthosyris platensis Speg.
Osyris spinescens Mart. & Eichler
Common Name: Sombra De Touro
Sombra de touro is a thorny, deciduous tree with a low crown; it can grow 3 - 6 metres tall. The short, crooked bole can be 20 - 30cm in diameter[
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild and consumed locally, though it is not widely appreciated[
]. The plant also has local medicinal uses.
Southern S. America - Argentina, Uruguay, southern and eastern Brazil.
Grasslands and gallery forests[
]. Most commonly found growing near rivers in wet, turfy soils[
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A tree of the subtropics to the tropics.
Prefers a sunny position[
A slow-growing tree[
Fruit - raw[
]. The thin-skinned fruit has a very succulent pulp with a sweet, pleasant flavour[
]. The fruits are about 3cm in diameter[
A decoction of the leaves is used as a treatment for high fevers[
The leaves are used externally to dress ulcers[
A natural pioneer species within its native range, also producing an edible fruit, though the tree's slow growth limit its use in reforestation projects[
The wood is medium-textured, straight-grained, moderately heavy, hard, rather resistant to rot[
]. Of limited use because of its small dimensions, though its resistance to rot make it useful for fence posts and sleepers[
The wood is a good fuel[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a semi-shaded position in a nursery seedbed. Germination rates are usually low, with the seeds sprouting within 60 - 80 days[
]. Seedlings grow away slowly[
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