Alicastrum gaudichaudii (Trécul) Kuntze
Brosimum glaucifolium Ducke
Brosimum pusillum Hassl.
Common Name: Mama Cadela
Mama cadela is a deciduous shrub or small tree, growing from 2 - 8 metres tall with exceptional specimens to 25 metres[
]. The bole, which is normally straight and cylindrical, can be 20 - 40cm in diameter[
The edible fruits are gathered from the wild and consumed locally. They are generally greatly enjoyed[
S. America - Paraguay, central, eastern and northern Brazil, Bolivia.
Savannahs, pasture and barren lands[
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Prefers a sunny position[
]. Found in the wild on sandy and well-drained soils[
]. Plants are at least somewhat tolerant of drought[
Fruit - raw[
]. A fibrous, succulent pulp with a sweet, very pleasant flavour[
]. The fruits are around 4cm in diameter[
The juice is sweet and sticky and can be chewed much like gum[
An extract of the root bark is used topically to treat vitiligo[
]. A commercial product, used for treating vitiligo, has been developed from it[
The active compounds are the furocoumarins bergapten and psoralen[
The wood is moderately heavy, soft, of medium texture, straight grained and of low durability when exposed to the weather[
]. It is used for cabinet making and, locally, for construction[
The wood is used as a fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in individual pots or a nursery bed in a sunny position[
]. Germination rates are usually low, with sprouting occurring in 30 - 40 days[
]. Plants grow away slowly.
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