Alibertia melloana Hook.f.
Alibertia sessilis (Vell.) K.Schum.
Alibertia subaurea Zahlbr.
Gardenia sessilis Vell.
Common Name: Marmelada De Cachorro
Marmelada de cachorro is an evergreen shrub or small tree with a short, dense, globose crown; it can grow 2.5 - 4 metres tall. The short bole branches from low down, it can be 15 - 20cm in diameter[
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild and consumed locally[
]. It is occasionally sold in local markets[
S. America - Paraguay, central, eastern and northern Brazil, Bolivia.
Gallery forests in savannahs and woodland savannahs, in both the dense, primary formations and the more open, secondary growth areas, favouring moist, fertile, clayey soils in valley bottoms and near rivers[
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Succeeds in full sun to moderate shade[
]. Prefers a moist, fertile, clayey soil[
Fruit - raw[
]. The thin-skinned fruit has a fleshy pulp containing many small seeds, and a sweet flavour[
]. The black, globose fruits are around 3cm in diameter[
The wood is fine-textured, straight-grained, heavy, soft, with poor mechanical properties and of low natural durability. It is too small to be of much use other than for fuel and making charcoal[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate in excess of 50% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 28 - 42 days[
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