Kaukenia salzmannii (A.DC.) Kuntze
Mimusops salzmannii A.DC.
Common Name: Black Massaranduba
Black massaranduba is an evergreen tree with a large, roundish crown. It grows from 10 - 25 metres tall with a straight, cylindrical bole 40 - 70cm in diameter[
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild and consumed locally[
]. The tree also supplies a wood and latex for local use.
Northern S. America - southern, eastern and northeastern Brazil.
Rainforests near the coast and coastal levees, also in secondary forests[
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Succeeds in full sun and in dappled shade[
Plants have a moderate rate of growth[
The plant tends to fruit every other year[
Fruit - raw[
]. A berry containing 1- 2 hard seeds enclosed in a sweet, succulent pulp[
]. The fruit is up to 3cm in diameter[
The latex from the bark is edible[
A latex is obtained from the bark[
The wood is very heavy, of medium texture and straight grained[
]. It has excellent mechanical properties and great natural durability, even when exposed[
]. It is used for external work in general, railway ties, poles, fence posts, construction etc[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe[
]. Sow in a well-drained seedbed in a sunny position[
]. Germination usually takes place in 6 - 9 weeks, though germination rates are usually low[
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