Chrysophyllum cuspidatum Hoehne
Diploon venezuelana Aubrév.
Diploon cuspidatum is an evergreen tree with a narrow, elongate crown; it can grow 15 - 27 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 30 - 50cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its edible fruit and its wood.
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana.
A subcanopy to canopy tree in rainforests, favouring well-drained soils in areas not subject to seasonal inundation[
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Succeeds in full sun to dappled woodland shade[
]. Grows best in a well-drained soil[
The fruits are attractive to the native fauna[
Fruit - raw[
]. A dense, sweetish, somewhat floury flesh[
]. The yellow, globose fruit can be 6cm in diameter, containing a single seed[
The wood is medium-textured, straight-grained, moderately heavy, hard to cut, slightly susceptible to the attacks of wood-eating organisms. It can be used in general construction and for making boards[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A low germination rate can usually be expected, with the seed sprouting within 80 - 120 days[
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