A variable plant, it has been separated into a number of forms by some botanists[
Chrysophyllum ebenaceum Mart.
Chrysophyllum grisebachii (Hieron.) Lillo
Chrysophyllum hoehnei Baehni
Chrysophyllum martianum A.DC.
Chrysophyllum maytenoides Mart.
Chrysophyllum myrtifolium Mart.
Chrysophyllum parviflorum Casar.
Cynodendron marginatum (Hook. & Arn.) Baehni
Micropholis paraguayensis Dubard
Myrsine grisebachii Hieron.
Myrsine marginata Hook. & Arn.
Sideroxylon myrtifolium (Mart.) Speg.
Common Name: Aguai
Aguai is a semideciduous tree with a roundish, low crown; it can grow 5 - 10 metres tall[
]. The straight bole is more or less cylindrical and about 20 - 40cm in diameter[
The wood is gathered from the wild for local use.
S. America - Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, southern, central and eastern Brazil, Bolivia.
Broadleaf, semideciduous woodlands in river valleys and in the mountains[
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A plant of tropical and subtropical areas.
Requires a sunny position[
]. Plants can tolerate periodic inundation[
A pioneer species, it can be used in reforestation projects[
The wood is heavy, flexible, straight-grained, fine-textured, with moderate mechanical properties and resistant to rot[
]. It is used for internal carpentry work, lathe work, rustic cabinet making, wagons etc[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - best sown fresh. Sow in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed, covering them with about 5mm of soil[
]. The germination rate is often less than 50% and occurs in 4 - 5 weeks[
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