Bonnetia stricta ranges in size from an evergreen shrub only 1 metre tall up to a tree with an elongated, sparse crown that can grow 5 metres tall. The crooked bole can be 15 - 20cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its low quality wood. A very ornamental plant, it can be used for landscape planting in cities located at or near the beach[
S. America - eastern Brazil.
Moist sites on sand dunes and in the coastal rainforest[
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Grows best in an open, sunny position[
]. Succeeds in poor, sandy soils[
]. Given the plants habitat, it is likely to be tolerant of strong, salt-laden winds[
Young plants have a moderate rate of growth[
The wood is fine-textured, irregular-grained, heavy and moderately resistant to rot. It is generally only available in small sizes and so is only used for fuel and for making charcoal[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed. Surface sow the small seed, then press it firmly into the soil before watering it in - being careful not to wash it away. A very low germination rate can usually be expected, with the seed sprouting within 70 - 90 days[
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