Citharexylum solanaceum is a spiny shrub or small tree with a sparse crown; it can grow up to 9 metres tall. The cylindrical bole can be 20 - 30cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a source of wood, it may also have an edible fruit. It can be grown as a pioneer species when restoring native woodland.
S. America - southern and eastern Brazil.
Atlantic rainforest and Araucaria forest, growing in both dense, primary forest and in the more open, secondary formations, preferring clay soils on well-drained slopes[
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Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Found in the wild in well-drained, clay soils[
Young plants have a rapid rate of growth[
The fruits are attractive to the native fauna[
The fruit has a succulent, sweetish pulp[
]. This report does not say that the fruit is edible[
]. The red, globose fruit can be uo to 28mm in diameter, containing 1 - 3 seeds[
A fast-growing tree that succeeds in full sun, is easy to propagate and provides food for the native fauna; it can be used as a pioneer for restoring native woodland[
The wood is coarse-textured, straight-grained, moderately heavy, with poor mechanical properties and susceptible to the attacks of wood-eating organisms. Because of its small size it is generally only used for fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of more than 50% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 60 - 80 days[
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