Abutilon densiflorum (Hook. & Arn.) Walp.
Bastardia densiflora (Hook. & Arn.) Hassl.
Sida densiflora Hook. & Arn.
Bastardiopsis densiflora is an evergreen tree with a dense, roundish crown; it can grow 15 - 20 metres tall. The slightly contorted bole can be 30 - 60cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood. A fast-growing pioneer species, it can be used in reforestation schemes.
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Peru.
Edges of woods and forests, favouring moist slopes[
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A plant of the subtropics to the tropics, found at lower elevations in the subtropics but more commonly above 500 metres in tropical areas.
Grows best in a sunny position[
A fast-growing tree, able to reach a height of 4 metres within 2 years from seed[
A fast-growing tree tolerant of full sun, it can be used as a pioneer species for restoring native woodland[
The heartwood and sapwood are not very clearly differentiated. The wood is medium-textured, straight or irregular grained, moderately heavy, moderately resistant to wood-eating organisms. It is easy to work with hand tools and can be used for the internal finish in houses as well as for cabinet making, lathe work, broom handles, boxes etc[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A low germination rate is normal, but the plant produces so many seeds that this is acceptable. The seed sprouts within a few days of sowing[
]. When the seedlings are 3 - 5cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out 5 - 6 months later[
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