Common Name: Araca Piranga
Araca piranga is a semi-deciduous tree with a small, rounded crown; it can grow 10 - 30 metres tall. The cylindrical bole is usually twisted, 40 - 60cm in diameter[
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild for local use. The tree is sometimes grown as an ornamental[
S. America - southern and eastern Brazil.
]. Humid coastal forests, preferring alluvial plains, gentle slopes and forests on deep soils[
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Found in the wild around the tropical to subtropical zone.
Prefers a position with some shade[
]. Succeeds in soils that are inundated for part of the year[
Newly planted young trees grow away quite slowly[
Fruit - raw and made into jellies and sweets[
]. The thin-skinned fruit has a thick, fleshy, succulent pulp with a very pleasant, acidic flavour[
]. The fruit is around 4cm long and 3cm wide[
The wood is fine-textured, straight-grained, heavy, hard to cut, resistant to wood-eating organisms[
]. It is used to make tool handles, agricultural implements, turned pieces and wagon bodies[
Seed - best sown in partial shade as soon as it is ripe. Germination rates of around 50% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 30 - 40 days[
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