Lafoensia glyptocarpa is a semideciduous tree with a dense, globose crown; it can grow 15 - 25 metres tall. The cylindrical bole can be 40 - 60cm in diameter with a thick, deeply fissured bark[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber. It can also be used as a pioneer species to restore woodland and has an elegant shape and magnificent foliage, so is widely used for street planting in southern Brazil[
S. America - eastern Brazil.
Atlantic rainforest, growing in both the dense primary forest and also in more open and secondary formations[
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Prefers a sunny position[
]. Succeeds in a wide range of soils[
A fairly fast-growing tree, able to reach a height of 2.5 - 3 metres within 2 years from seed[
A fast-growing tree that succeeds in a wide range of soils, it can be used as a pioneer species in planting schemes to restore native woodland[
A violet dye stuff is obtained from the plant[
]. (Part not specified)
The wood is heavy, hard, durable if kept dry. It can be used in general construction, cabinet making and carpentry[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed and only just cover the seed. A germination rate in excess of 50% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 10 - 20 days[
]. When the seedlings are 4 - 5cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out 6 - 7 months later[
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