Moquilea bracteosa (Benth.) Walp.
Moquilea rufa Barb.Rodr.
Common Name: Pajura
Pajura is an evergreen tree with a dense, narrow crown growing 10 - 20 metres tall[
]. The cylindrical bole can be 30 - 50cm in diameter[
The tree yields an edible fruit that is harvested from the wild and greatly appreciated within its native range[
]. It is often cultivated locally and is sold at local markets[
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Guyanas.
Tropical, dryland forests[
]. Found in secondary forests, along rivers and in upland formations[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Succeeds in a sunny position or light shade[
Newly planted young trees grow away moderately well.
Fruit - raw[
]. A thick, aromatic, oily pulp with a thin skin and a sweet, pleasant flavour[
]. The fruit is up to 13cm long and 10cm wide[
The wood is heavy, difficult to work, very durable and only slightly susceptible to wood-eating organisms[
]. It is used for external carpentry[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe, in individual containers in partial shade[
]. The germination rate is usually low, with the seeds taking several weeks before they sprout[
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