Anavinga parvifolia Lam.
Casearia adamantium Cambess.
Casearia adstringens Mart.
Casearia albicaulis Rusby
Casearia floribunda Briq.
Casearia nitida Sieber ex Grisebach
Casearia parviflora Jacq.
Casearia parvifolia Willd.
Casearia pavoniana Sleumer
Casearia reflexa Sleumer
Casearia serrulata J. Sieber ex Griseb.
Chaetocrater reflexum Ruiz & Pav.
Guidonia adstringens (Mart.) Baill.
Guidonia parvifolia (Willd.) Meza
Samyda lancifolia Sessé & Moc.
Samyda parviflora Loefl. ex L.
Samyda parvifolia Poir.
Common Name: Pipewood
Pipewood is a deciduous tree with an open, elongate crown[
]. The tree grows 4 - 10 metres tall with a straight, cylindrical bole 20 - 40cm in diameter[
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild and consumed locally, but is not widely appreciated[
]. The tree is also sometimes cultivated for its edible fruit[
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, north to the Caribbean and through C. America to Belize.
Various types of forest, including coastal, dry land forest and Araucaria forest, from sea level to elevations of 100 metres[
]. Also found in open, disturbed areas such as pastures and road margins[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Plants can tolerate periodic inundation[
Fruit - raw[
]. Almost tasteless[
]. The fruit is a capsule containing a number of seeds wrapped in a sticky, fleshy pulp that has a sweet taste[
]. The fruits are up to 1cm in diameter[
The light brown wood is moderately heavy, hard, straight-grained and with a fine texture. It is not very durable, especially when exposed to the weather. It is used for making light utensils, toys and boxes[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - best sown as soon as ripe[
]. Sow in a sunny position in a nursery bed[
]. Seed normally germinates in 3 - 4 weeks, less than 50% normally germinating[
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