Poupartia amazonica Ducke
Antrocaryon amazonicum is a semi-deciduous tree with an open crown; it can grow up to 30 metres tall. The bole is buttressed and can be 60 - 90cm in diameter[
The edible fruit is locally popular and often gathered from the wild. The tree is occasionally cultivated for its fruit, which is often sold in local markets[
S. America - northern Brazil, Peru.
Lowland rainforest at elevations below 500 metres[
]. Floodplains in both primary and secondary rainforests[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
A plant of the moist lowland tropics.
Prefers a sunny position[
]. Plants can withstand periodic inundation[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
Fruit - raw[
]. A succulent, acidic pulp[
]. They are used mainly to prepare cool drinks and appetizers, and also to make ice cream[
]. The fruit needs to be eaten as soon as it is ripe, it starts to decompose as soon as it falls from the tree[
]. The fruit is about 2cm long and 3cm wide[
The wood is coarse-textured, light in weight, easily sawn, not very durable. It is of little use[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe - remove the seed pulp prior to sowing. Place the seed in individual containers in a lightly shaded position. Germination rates are usually low, with the seed sprouting within 80 - 100 days[
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