Moquilea tomentosa Benth.
Pleragina odorata Arruda
Licania tomentosa is an evergreen tree with a low, wide crown; it can grow 10 - 20 metres tall. The bole can be 40 - 60cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its edible fruit and wood. It is widely cultivated as fruit crop in South America and South Africa[
]. It is also grown as shade tree because of its low and very broad crown[
S. America - eastern and southern Brazil.
Rainforests, in both dense primary and secondary formations[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Prefers a sunny position[
Trees yield a large harvest of fruits each year[
]. The fruit is an oblong, smooth, yellow drupe that can be 8cm long and 4cm wide. It contains a thick, succulent, fibrous pulp surrounding a single, large seed[
The tree provides an abundance of fruit for the native fauna and also grows quite quickly. It would be suitable for reforestation projects within its native range[
The sapwood is almost indistinct from the heartwood. The wood is straight-grained with a medium to thick texture. It is heavy, hard, resistant and very durable[
]. It is used for general construction, external work such as posts, railway ties, small boats, ship's keels etc[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe. Either the whole fruit, or the extracted seed may be sown, placing them in individual containers. Germination rates of 90% or more can be achieved when using fresh seed, with sprouting taking place within 10 - 20 days. Seedlings grow away quite quickly[
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