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Cordia grandifolia A.DC.
Cordia grandis Cham.
Cordia macrophylla Vell.
Cordia sellowiana G.Don
Gerascanthus grandifolius (A.DC.) Borhidi
Gerascanthus trichocladus (A.DC.) Borhidi
Lithocardium grandifolium Kuntze
Lithocardium trichocladum Kuntze
Cordia trichoclada is a semi-deciduous tree with an irregular, sparse crown; it can grow 8 - 15 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 30 - 40cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a source of wood.
S. America - eastern Brazil.
Lowland and submontane Atlantic rain forests, found in clearings and secondary formations[
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Newly planted young trees grow away rapidly[
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 yellow, ovoid fruit can be 25mm long and 20mm wide[
]. The thin, succulent pulp has a sweet flavour[
The sapwood and heartwood are not clearly differentiated. The wood is light in weight, of low durability, easy to cut.
The heartwood is yellowish to brown, uniform or more or less streaked and variegated; the light-colored material is not clearly differentiated from the sapwood. The texture is very variable, from fine to coarse; the grain is usually straight to shallowly interlocked; luster is medium to high, often rich and golden; dark-coloured specimens have a spicy scent, otherwise it is without distinctive odour or taste. The wood is light in weight. The heartwood is rated as durable upon exposure to both white-rot and brown-rot fungi, but the degree of durability appears to be related to the colouring of the wood. It is also reported to have good resistance to dry-wood termites. The wood has good weathering characteristics and absorbs moisture at a moderate rate. It is not resistant to attack by marine borers. The wood is easy to work and finishes smoothly; it is readily glued. It is used in general construction, millwork, fine cabinet and furniture components, flooring, decorative veneer, cooperage, boat construction; for some applications it is used as a substitute for teak, walnut, or mahogany[
]. Another report, from Brazil, says that the wood is only used for low value items such as packing cases[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe. Sow in a semi-shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate in excess of 50% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 15 - 25 days[
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