Sweetia lentiscifolia (Schott) Spreng.
Acosmium lentiscifolium is a semideciduous tree with a dense, low, rounded crown; it can grow 8 - 16 metres tall. The almost cylindrical bole can be 35 - 55cm in diameter with a corky bark[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood.
S. America - eastern Brazil.
Atlantic and coastal rainforests[
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Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Tolerant of a range of soils and moisture conditions[
The plant has a slow rate of growth even when young[
Although many species within the family Fabaceae have a symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria, this species is said to be devoid of such a relationship and therefore does not fix atmospheric nitrogen[
The wood is fine-textured, irregular-grained, heavy, with moderate mechanical properties and good resistance to wood-eating organisms. It is used in carpentry and cabinet making[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of less than 50% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 30 - 40 days[
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