A very confusing nomenclature here. Firstly, all the information from Brazilian Trees Vol. 2[
] is based on the taxon Aegiphila klotschiana - this name does not appear in IPNI, nor in any other validated authority. I am fairly sure that it is a mis-spelling of Aegiphila lhotzkiana[
To further complicate matters, Aegiphila lhotzkiana is an accepted taxon in the 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families', but I am following the treatment in the on-line 'Flora do Brasil' and also in the TROPICOS database, where it is seen as a synonym of Aegiphila verticillata[
Aegiphila crenata Moldenke
Aegiphila lanata Moldenke
Aegiphila lhotzkiana Cham.
Aegiphila paraguariensis Briq.
Aegiphila rotundifolia Sellow ex Moldenke
Aegiphila splendens Schauer
Aegiphila tomentosa Cham.
Aegiphila vestita Mart. ex Moldenke
Aegiphila verticillata is a deciduous shrub in poorer soils and at higher elevations, but becomes a tree in other areas. It can grow up to 6 metres tall with an elongate or irregular crown. The crooked bole can be 15 - 25cm in diameter with a very thick bark[
The tree produces a low quality wood that is occasionally harvested from the wild for local use. It is a very useful pioneer species for restoring native woodland and establishing woodland gardens.
S. America - Paraguay, almost all areas of Brazil, Bolivia, the Guyanas.
Savannah, woodland savannah and rainforest, favouring the more open areas and succeeding even in poor and dry soils[
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Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Tolerant of poor and dry soils, though it grows better and larger in more fertile conditions[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
Young plants have a fast rate of growth[
A fast-growing plant that can tolerate a wide range of conditions and provides food for the native fauna, it can be used as a pioneer species when restoring native woodland and also when establishing woodland gardens[
The wood is medium-textured, straight-grained, moderately heavy, soft, with poor mechanical properties, of low durability and very susceptible to wood eating organisms. It is sometimes used locally for rustic constructions etc[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed. Be sure to remove all the flesh around the fruits since this contains germination inhibitors. A low germination rate can usually be expected, with the seed sprouting within 35 - 50 days[
]. When the seedlings are 4 - 5cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out 4 - 5 months later[
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