Banara bernardinensis Briq.
Banara flavovirens Briq.
Banara hassleri Briq.
Banara macrophylla Briq.
Banara tomentosa is a semideciduous tree with a dense, rounded crown; it can grow from 4 - 9 metres tall. The straight bole can be 15 - 25cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its wood.
S. America - Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, southern and eastern Brazil, Bolivia.
An understorey plant in Araucaria forests, and also in lightly wooded grassland; favouring moist soils[
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Prefers a position in the light, dappled shade of a woodland, but can also succeed in full sun[
]. Grows best in a moist soil[
Young plants have a rapid rate of growth[
The wood is coarse-textured, irregular-grained, heavy, hard to cut, with a low resistance to the attacks of wood-eating organisms. Although rather small, the wood can be used in general carpentry[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. The seeds are very small and are best sown on the surface of the soil - press them gently into the surface and be careful not to wash them away when watering. A low germination rate can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 30 - 50 days[
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