Duranta plumieri vestita (Cham.) Schauer
Duranta vestita is a slightly spiny, deciduous shrub or tree with a small, open crown; it can grow up to 5 metres tall. The short bole generally branches from near the base, it can be 15 - 20cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a fuel.
S. America - Argentina, southern and eastern Brazil.
An understorey plant in mixed, humid woods, favouring gently sloping, well-drained soils[
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Succeeds in full sun to moderate, dappled shade[
]. Prefers a well-drained soil[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
Young plants have a moderate rate of growth[
The fruits are much eaten by birds[
The wood is medium-textured, straight-grained, light in weight, easy to cut and slightly susceptible to the attacks of wood-eating organisms. Too small to be of much use other than as fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of less than 20% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 90 - 110 days[
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