Cordia brachypoda A.DC.
Cordia obscura Cham.
Gerascanthus brachypodus (A.DC.) Borhidi
Gerascanthus obscures (Cham.) Borhidi
Gerascanthus sellowianus (Cham.) Borhidi
Lithocardium brachypodum Kuntze
Lithocardium obscurum Kuntze
Lithocardium sellowianum Kuntze
Cordia sellowiana is a semi-deciduous tree growing 8 - 14 metres tall. The bole can be 30 - 50cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood. An ornamental tree, it has potential for use as a pioneer and can be used in urban tree planting[
S. America - Bolivia, Brazil, French Guiana.
Mainly found in semi-deciduous, broadleaved forests, both in primary and secondary formations[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Prefers a deep soil that is well-drained[
When planted in fertile soils, newly planted young trees grow away quite quickly, easily reaching 3 metres within 2 years[
Plants can commence fruiting when 3 years old[
Although we have seen no specific information for this species, the fruits of all members of this genus are said to be edible[
]. In general the fruit comprises a thin to fairly thick layer of pulpy, sweetish-tasting flesh surrounding a single seed[
The yellowy-brown, globose fruit can be 15mm in diameter, It has a sticky, succulent pulp[
A fairly fast-growing tree, producing an edible fruit that is much liked by the native fauna. It is a natural pioneer within its native range[
The wood is light in weight, of low durability when exposed, easy to work with[
]. It can be used for internal works, cabinet making and general carpentry[
Seed - it has a short viability of less than 5 months. Sow as soon as possible in a semi-shaded position in a nursery seedbed or in individual containers. Germination rates are generally low, with the seeds sprouting within 20 - 40 days[
]. Transplant nursery bed seedlings to individual containers when they are 5 - 7cm tall. They should be ready to plant out 4 - 6 months later.
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