The information from 'Brazilian Trees Vol. 2'[
] was listed under Cnidoscolus pubescens (Pax) Pax, which is a synonym of Cnidoscolus froesii. There is a Brazilian species of Cnidoscolus pubescens, with Pohl as the author. Since the range given fits in with Cnidoscolus froesii, it is assumed that this is the correct species[
Adenoropium berteroi (Spreng.) Pohl
Cnidoscolus pubescens (Pax) Pax
Jatropha berteroi Spreng.
Jatropha froesii Croizat
Jatropha pubescens Pax
Cnidoscolus froesii is a deciduous tree with a thin but ample roundish crown; it can grow 6 - 8 metres tall. The cylindrical bole branches from low down, it can be 25 - 45cm in diameter. The leaves and branches have stinging hairs[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its wood. It can be used as a pioneer when restoring native woodland.
The leaves and branches have stinging hairs[
S. America - eastern Brazil.
Dryland forest and Atlantic rainforest, usually growing in the more open areas of secondary growth[
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Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
Rapidly invading pastureland, the plant is regarded as a weed by cattle farmers[
The plant is fast-growing when young, able to reach a height of 3 metres within 2 years from seed[
A fast-growing plant that succeeds in full sun and rapidly invades pastures, it can be used as a pioneer plant when restoring native woodland[
The wood is thick-textured, straight-grained, light in weight, soft, with poor mechanical properties and not durable. It is easy to work with, but of small dimensions and poor quality, so is only used for low value items such as boxes, door fillings and plywood[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A high germination rate can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 20 - 28 days[
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