Alsodeia cuspa (Kunth) Spreng.
Aspidosperma decipiens Müll.Arg.
Aspidosperma domingense Urb.
Aspidosperma elliptica Rusby
Aspidosperma lhotzkianum Müll.Arg.
Aspidosperma lucentivenium S.F.Blake
Aspidosperma sessiliflorum Müll.Arg.
Aspidosperma woronovii Standl.
Conoria cuspa Kunth
Macaglia decipiens (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Tabernaemontana eggersii Markgr.
Thyroma decipiens (Müll.Arg.) Miers
Thyroma lhotzkiana (Müll.Arg.) Miers
Thyroma sessiliflora (Müll.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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