Joannesia heveoides is a semideciduous tree with a sparse, rounded crown; it can grow 15 - 20 metres tall. The straight bole can be 50 - 70cm in diameter with a thick bark[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, oil crop and source of wood.
S. America - northern Brazil.
Amazon rainforest, in areas not subject to seasonal inundation, in both dense primary forest and in the more open, secondary formations[
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Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Requires a moist soil[
Young plants have a fast rate of growth[
The seeds are emetic and purgative[
The seed contains up to 50% of an inedible oil[
The wood is coarse-textured, straight-grained, light in weight and with a low resistance to rot. Of low quality, it is only used for light box making, toys, plywood core etc[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in individual containers. A high germination rate can generally be expected, with the seed sprouting within 20 - 40 days[
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