Apatitia blakeoides Desv.
Bellucia aubletii Naudin
Bellucia brasiliensis Naudin
Bellucia circumscissa Naudin
Bellucia circumscissa Spruce ex Cogn.
Bellucia macrophylla (D.Don) Triana
Bellucia multiflora H.Karst.
Bellucia nervosa Raf.
Bellucia quinquenervia (Aubl.) H.Karst.
Bellucia superba Naudin
Blakea macrophylla D.Don
Blakea quinquenervia Aubl.
Blakea triplinervia L.f.
Melastoma grossularioides L.
Webera quinquenervia (Aubl.) C.C. Gmel.
Common Name: Mess Apple
Mess apple is a small, evergreen tree with a dense, rounded crown; usually growing 5 - 12 metres tall, but up to 20 metres when in primary forest. The tree has a twisted bole that branches from fairly low down and can be 30 - 40cm in diameter[
The tree produces an edible fruit that is gathered from the wild for local use, though it is not always appreciated[
]. It is also used locally for medicines and as a source of wood. The tree is sometimes cultivated for its fruit and, with its pleasant-smelling flowers, is considered fairly ornamental. It is grown to provide shade and is used in landscaping projects, though its copious crop of fruits falling on the ground can be a detraction from this use[
S. America - Bolivia, Peru and Brazil, north to the Caribbean and through Central America to Mexico.
Wet mixed forests at elevations of 400 metres or less[
]. Widely distributed throughout the Amazonian region, but most commonly found in secondary formations in moist to wet soils that are not subject to inundation[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
Succeeds in full sun or dappled shade[
The tree regularly produces large crops of fruit[
Fruit - raw[
]. A thin-skinned fruit with a dense, succulent pulp that has a slightly acidic, pleasant flavour[
]. The pulp contains many small seeds, but these can be swallowed with ease[
]. The fruit might be edible[
]. The fruit is up to 4cm in diameter[
The leaves are used in the treatment of leucorrhoea[
The leaves are used in an emollient decoction, combined with the leaves of Capsicum frutescens and Omphalea diandra, to soothe furuncles and to prevent their return[
The fruits are anthelmintic. They are used to expel intestinal worms[
A natural pioneer species within its native range, where it can supply large quantities of fruit for the native fauna[
The bark is a source of tannins[
The wood is medium-textured, straight-grained, moderately heavy but not durable[
]. It can be used for making low value items such as pencils, boxes, toys and toothpicks[
The wood is used for fuel and making charcoal[
Seed - due to its small size, it is best to place the fruits in plastic bags until the pulp has partially decomposed then mix them with water to make a suspension. Water the soil in a nursery seedbed with this suspension and do not cover the seed, but make sure the soil does not dry out[
]. A moderate rate of germination can be expected, with the seeds sprouting within a few days[
]. Pot up the seedlings into individual containers when they are 4 - 5cm tall and plant out into their permanent positions when they are 20 - 30cm tall[
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