Alsodeia cuspa (Kunth) Spreng.
Aspidosperma decipiens MÃ¼ll.Arg.
Aspidosperma domingense Urb.
Aspidosperma elliptica Rusby
Aspidosperma lhotzkianum MÃ¼ll.Arg.
Aspidosperma lucentivenium S.F.Blake
Aspidosperma sessiliflorum MÃ¼ll.Arg.
Aspidosperma woronovii Standl.
Conoria cuspa Kunth
Macaglia decipiens (MÃ¼ll.Arg.) Kuntze
Tabernaemontana eggersii Markgr.
Thyroma decipiens (MÃ¼ll.Arg.) Miers
Thyroma lhotzkiana (MÃ¼ll.Arg.) Miers
Thyroma sessiliflora (MÃ¼ll.Arg.) Miers
Common Name: Pereiro Amargo
Pereiro amargo is an evergreen shrub or small tree with a light crown; it can grow from 3 - 8 metres tall. The bole is usually crooked, around 15 - 25cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use. An ornamental species, it could be used with success in landscaping[
The freshly cut wood and sap of Aspidosperma species causes irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, with general malaise[
The sawdust, on contact with abraded skin, produces local burning and a vesicular eruption with general symptoms of muscular weakness and cramps, sweating, dryness of the mouth, and faintness[
Once the wood is thoroughly dry it loses its toxicity unless polishes or dyes in organic solvents are used on it[
S. America - Brazil and Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela and the Caribbean.
In arid thickets, light woodlands, and savannahs[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Prefers a sunny position in a well-drained soil[
An extremely variable plant, particularly in leaf size, colour, and indumenta or lack of it[
Plants flower intermittently throughout the year[
The leaves and bark are used as a febrifuge[
The wood is moderately heavy, fine textured, cross-grained, with moderate durability and with good mechanical properties[
]. Because of its small dimensions, the wood is only used for small objects such as domestic utensils, instruments, tool handles etc[
Seed - does not require pre-treatment[
]. The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a nursery seedbed in a semi-shaded position[
]. Germination usually occurs within 15 - 25 days[
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