Cymbopetalum parvifolium Rusby
Duguetia schlechtendaliana Mart.
Hexalobus brasiliensis A.St.-Hil. & Tul.
Stormia brasiliensis (A.St.-Hil. & Tul.) S.Moore
Unona brasiliensis (A.St.-Hil. & Tul.) Baill.
Cardiopetalum calophyllum is a semideciduous shrub or tree with a dense, pyramidal crown; it can grow 1.5 - 12 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 20 - 30cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood. It can be used as a pioneer when restoring native woodland or establishing a woodland garden. An ornamental tree, it can be used in landscaping[
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru.
Savannah and its transition to gallery forest, found mainly in open, secondary formations, favouring poor, sandy soils on gentle slopes[
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Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Found in the wild mainly in poor, sandy soils on gentle slopes[
]. Established plants are very drought tolerant[
The plant recovers well and easily from felling and fire. It is considered to be a weed in pasture land by cattle farmers[
The plant grows quickly when young, easily reaching a height of 3 metres within 2 years from seed[
A fast-growing tree, succeeding in poor and dry soils and providing food for the native fauna, it can be used as a pioneer species when restoring native woodland or establishing woodland gardens, but it should only be used within its native range because of the risk it could become a weed[
The wood is medium-textured, straight-grained, moderately heavy, with poor mechanical properties and poor durability. Because of its small dimensions it is only used for making tool handles, boxes and in rustic constructions[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - it has a hard seedcoat and may benefit from scarification before sowing to speed up germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing. The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of around 30% can be expected from fresh seed that has been scarified, with the seed sprouting within 60 - 90 days[
]. When the seedlings are 4 - 5cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out 4 - 5 months later[
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