Couma rigida is a deciduous tree growing 5 - 12 metres tall in the higher parts of its range, but up to 20 metres in the coastal rainforests. The bole can be erect or crooked[
The edible fruit is popular within its native range, where it is often harvested from the wild and sold in local markets.
Northern S. America - northern Brazil, Venezuela, Guyana.
Rainforests and gallery forests from the lowlands to moderately high elevations in the mountains[
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Prefers a sunny position[
A slow growing tree[
Fruit - raw[
]. The white, viscous pulp is tasty, with a unique flavour[
]. The greenish, globose fruit is about 6cm in diameter, containing a few small seeds[
The tree contains an abundant, white latex[
The wood is fine-textured, regular-grained, very heavy, lacking lustre and difficult to cut[
]. It is used for interior trim in general construction, door and window frames, moldings, parquet flooring, turned objects etc[
Seed - of short viability, it should be sown as soon as it is ripe in a shady position in a nursery seedbed or in individual containers[
]. A germination rate in excess of 60% can be expected, with the seeds sprouting within 45 - 55 days[
]. Seedlings are quite slow growing[
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