Mabea fistulifera is a deciduous tree with a dense, rounded crown; it can grow 4 - 8 metres tall. The short, but straight and cylindrical bole can be 20 - 30cm in diameter[
The tree is occasionally harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood. It can also be used in mixed plantings for restoring native woodland.
S. America - Paraguay, central, eastern and northern Brazil, Bolivia, Peru.
Transition area of semideciduous forests to savannah, favouring sandy soils[
]. Sometimes also found in secondary forest growth in the Atlantic rainforest[
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Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Tolerant of a wide range of soils, so long as they are well-drained[
]. Established plants are very drought tolerant[
Plants are fairly slow-growing, rarely reaching a height of 2 metres within 2 years from seed[
The bark is bitter, febrifuge, resolvent and tonic[
The oil from the seed is febrifuge[
The bruised leaves are applied as a poultice on old ulcers in order to clean them and induce regeneration of fresh tissue[
Although fairly slow-growing, this is a natural pioneer species that can succeed in a wide range of soils. It can be used in mixed plantings for restoring native woodland[
The wood is light in weight, soft, with a loose tissue, of poor durability when exposed to the elements. It is only used for low quality items such as cheap toys and light boxes[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A low germination rate can usually be expected, with the seed sprouting within 20 - 40 days[
]. When the seedlings are 4 - 5cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out 5 - 6 months later[
The seed has a viability in storage of less than 6 months[
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