Andradaea floribunda Allemão
Andradea floribunda is an evergreen tree with a dense, but narrow, elongate crown; it can grow 10 - 18 metres tall. The bole can be 60 - 80cm in diameter with a corky bark[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of dyes and wood. It can be grown as a pioneer when restoring native woodland.
S. America - eastern Brazil.
Atlantic rainforest in the tablelands and also on the coastal plain, found in both dense, primary forest as well as more open areas and secondary growth formations; favouring moist alluvial soils, often near streams and rivers[
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Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Prefers a moist, fertile soil[
A relatively fast-growing tree, easily reaching a height of 2 metres within 2 years from seed[
The tree resprouts freely from the base after being burnt or chopped down[
The plant (part not specified) is antirheumatic, diaphoretic and excitant. It is used in baths to ease rheumatism[
One of the few tree species that can survive in the degraded pastures of the Rio Doce valley, it can be used as a pioneer species for restoring native woodland[
A violet dye can be obtained from the wood[
The wood is thick-textured, cross-grained, moderately heavy, soft, with poor mechanical properties and very subject to rot. It is used locally for internal rustic constructions, boards, boxes etc[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed. A high germination rate can usually be expected, with the seed sprouting within a few days[
]. When the seedlings are 5 - 6cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out 5 - 6 months later[
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