Byrsonima piauhensis A.Juss.
Byrsonima sericea piauhensis (A.Juss.) Griseb.
Byrsonima variabilis lancifolia A.Juss.
Byrsonima lancifolia is an evergreen tree with a dense, wide, pyramidal crown; it can grow 10 - 15 metres tall. The short bole is more or less cylindrical, around 50 - 80cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for its wood and edible fruit, which are used locally.
S. America - Bolivia, central and eastern Brazil.
Found in both primary and secondary formations of broadleaved, semi-deciduous forests, mainly in sandy soils, at moderate elevations[
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Succeeds in full sun to dappled shade[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
Young plants are quite slow growing[
Fruit - raw[
]. A sweet, flesh pulp surrounding a single, hard seed[
]. The greeny-yellow, globose fruit is up to 20mm in diameter[
The tree casts a dense shade[
The wood is medium-textured, inclined-grained, moderately heavy, with moderate mechanical properties, very susceptible to rot when exposed to the elements[
]. It is used for internal work in general construction, mainly for beams, scantlings and wall boards[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a nursery seedbed in a sunny position. Germination rates are usually low, with the seed sprouting in 4 - 6 weeks. Transplant the seedlings to individual containers when 5 - 6cm tall and they should be ready for planting out 6 - 7 months later[
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