Leucothoe chapadensis Kin.-Gouv.
Agarista chapadensis is an evergreen shrub or small tree with an irregular, sparse, open crown; it can grow up to 6 metres tall. The short, crooked bole can be 15 - 25cm in diameter with a thick, corky bark[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild as a local source of wood and a cork substitute.
S. America - central and eastern Brazil.
Rocky grasslands, always on well-drained, rocky sites[
]. Savannah, woodland savannah and moist woods by streams, on sandy or rocky soils, at elevations from 1,000 - 1,600 metres[
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Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Prefers a well-drained soil[
]. Plants usually grow in acid soils in the wild[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
Plants are slow-growing, even when young[
Plants can resprout freely from the base if they are burned or cut down[
The bark can be used as a substitute for cork[
The wood is medium-textured, irregular-grained, heavy. It is generally of too small a size to be used for anything other than as fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - best sown in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. Sow the seed on the surface of the soil and gently firm into the soil - be careful not to wash the seed away when watering. A germination rate of less than 20% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 60 - 70 days[
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