Elaeocarpus robertsonii Gamble
Elaeocarpus prunifolius is an evergreen tree usually growing up to 10 metres tall with occasional specimens up to 18 metres. The bole of older trees is usually slightly buttressed[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
This species appears to be restricted to remaining sacred groves of moist evergreen or semi-evergreen forest. The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
E. Asia - China, India, Myanmar, Thailand.
Moist evergreen and semi-evergreen forest.
We have no specific information for this species, but members of this genus generally grow well in full sun to moderate shade, requiring a fertile, moist but well-drained soil[
]. The purplish fruits are 14 - 20mm long[
The seed of most species in this genus is covered by a hard, woody shell and can be very slow and erratic to germinate, sometimes taking 2 years or more. Filing down the shell, or cracking it (being very careful not to damage the seed) in order to allow the ingress of moisture can help to greatly speed up germination. Sow the seed in containers in light shade. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots and grow them on until large enough to plant out,
Cuttings of almost ripe shoots, in a sandy soil in a frame. The leaves should be left on the stem.[
]. Many species strike readily from cuttings.
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