Aloysia urticoides Cham.
Lippia arborea Rojas Acosta
Lippia urticoides (Cham.) Steud.
Lippia virgata (Ruiz & Pav.) Kuntze
Priva virgata (Ruiz & Pav.) Spreng.
Verbena virgata Ruiz & Pav.
Zappania virgata (Ruiz & Pav.) Poir.
Aloysia virgata is a deciduous shrub or small tree with a light, open crown; it can grow 4 - 6 metres tall. The bole, which usually branches from low down, can be 15 - 25cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its wood and for its leaves, which can be used as a sandpaper. It is also often grown as a hedge and is a useful pioneer species for re-establishing woodland. A very ornamental plant when in bloom, its small size makes it a good tree for planting in streets, especially where there are overhead power lines[
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru.
Usually found in well-drained soils, growing in open places and in secondary formations in semideciduous and altitude forests[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
Prefers a sunny position[
]. Prefers a well-drained soil[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
Plants are fairly fast growing[
The plant is commonly used as a hedge in Argentina and Cuba[
A fast-growing, natural pioneer species, it is suitable for use in reforestation projects[
The nectar-rich flowers are very attractive to bees[
The leaves have a very rough surface and have been used like a fine sandpaper to smooth the surfaces of wood, gourds etc[
The wood is medium-textured, moderately heavy, hard, of good mechanical resistance but of low durability when exposed to the weather[
]. Its small dimensions restrict its use to items such as tool handles, lathe work etc[
Seed - it retains its viability for at least six months, even when stored at room temperature[
]. Sow the seed in a lightly shaded position in a nursery seedbed and only just cover the seed. A high germination rate can be expected, with the seeds sprouting within 7 - 14 days[
]. Transplant the seedlings into individual containers when 3 - 5cm tall and they should be ready to plant out 4 - 5 months later[
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