Daphnopsis dioica Mart. ex Meissn.
Daphnopsis mello-barretoi Standl.
Common Name: Embira
Embira is a fast-growing, semi-deciduous shrub or small tree with a sparse, elongate or pyramidal crown; it can grow 4 - 6 metres tall[
]. The bole is crooked, around 15 - 25cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild in Brazil for local medicinal use and as a source of commodities[
]. It has potential as a pioneer species for re-establishing woodland.
The leaves are considered to be toxic to some grazing animals[
S. America - eastern Brazil.
Mainly found in open areas in semi-deciduous forests at moderate elevations[
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A plant of moderate elevations in the tropics.
Prefers a sunny position[
]. Found on fertile soils in the wild[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
Young plants are quick to establish, and can reach a height of 3 metres when 2 years old[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if seed is required.
The bark of young plants is used as a drastic, and also to treat erysipelas and psoriasis[
A fast-growing, pioneer species, it has been recommended for mixed reforestation projects in degraded areas[
A fibre obtained from the bark is used for cordage[
The wood is moderately heavy, soft, straight-grained, of medium texture and very subject to rot[
]. It is only used for cheap items such as boxes and some toys[
The wood is used as a fuel and made into charcoal[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe. Sow in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed, covering the seed with 5mm of soil[
]. Germination rates are usually low, occurring within 3 - 4 weeks[
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