Manilkara maxima is an evergreen tree with a small, light crown; it can grow 10 - 30 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 30 - 60cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood.
The plant is native to the coastal forests of eastern Brazil - a habitat under severe threat from the activities of humans. It is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
S. America - eastern Brazil.
An upper canopy tree in the Atlantic and coastal rainforests, usually in the denser, primary forest, preferring well-drained sites[
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Young plants grow best in the dappled shade of the woodland, but become increasingly tolerant of light, accepting full sun as they grow larger[
]. Prefers a well-drained soil[
The fruits are a popular food for the native fauna[
The fruit has a mucilaginous, sweetish pulp[
]. This report does not say that the fruit is edible, though most, if not all members of this genus have potentially edible fruits[
]. The green to dark borwn, globose fruit can be 25mm in diameter[
The wood is medium-textured, straight-grained, heavy, hard to cut, with excellent mechanical properties and only slightly susceptible to the attacks of wood-eating organisms. It is suitable for general construction and external use[
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 60 - 70 days[
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