Calomyrtus excelsa (Cambess.) Blume
Campomanesia cagaiteira Kiaersk.
Eugenia edulis (O.Berg) Benth. & Hook.f. ex Griseb.
Eugenia montevidensis Mattos
Eugenia myrcianthes Nied.
Hexachlamys excelsa (Cambess.) Mattos
Luma grisebachii Herter.
Luma myrcianthes (Nied.) Herter
Myrcia gemmiflora O.Berg
Myrcia sparsifolia Barb.Rodr.
Myrcianthes edulis O.Berg
Myrtus excelsa Cambess.
Psidium amygdalinum Hook. & Arn.
Common Name: Pessego Do Mato
Pessego do mato is a small, deciduous tree with spreading branches and a flat-topped crown; it can grow 4 - 6 metres tall. The short bole can be 20 - 30cm in diameter[
The edible fruit is sometimes gathered from the wild and used locally. The tree can also be used as a pioneer for re-establishing woodland.
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia.
In open vegetation, usually near the coast[
]. Found mainly in dry, sandy fields in coastal areas, in woodland savannah and secondary forest areas[
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A plant of the tropics and subtropics.
Requires a sunny position[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
Young plants have a moderate rate of growth[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. A succulent, aromatic pulp with a somewhat pleasant, acidic-sweet flavour[
]. The fruit is used to make juices, jams and jellies[
]. The fruit is considered by some people to be slightly laxative[
]. The fruit is about 5cm in diameter[
A natural pioneer species within its native range, providing an edible fruit, this species is a very good choice as part of a mixed planting for re-establishing native woodland or forest gardens[
The wood is compact, moderately heavy, hard, durable. It is used for cabinet making, internal work, tool handles etc[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in individual containers. A germination rate in excess of 60% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 30 - 50 days[
]. Seedlings grow away moderately quickly.
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