Kaukenia floribunda (Mart.) Kuntze
Kaukenia subsericea (Mart.) Kuntze
Manilkara bella Monach.
Manilkara floribunda (Mart.) Dubard
Mimusops floribunda Mart.
Mimusops subsericea Mart.
Synarrhena floribunda (Mart.) Fisch. & C.A.Mey.
Synarrhena subsericea (Mart.) Fisch. & C.A.Mey.
Common Name: Massaranduba
Massaranduba is an evergreen or semi-deciduous tree with a wide crown; it can grow 4 - 26 metres tall. The erect, cylindrical bole can be 30 - 60cm in diameter[
The edible fruit is enjoyed within the plant's native range, where it is often gathered from the wild.
The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
S. America - eastern and southern Brazil.
]. In both coastal, moist broad-leafed forest and lowland rainforest[
]. Prefers growing on gentle slopes with a deep, moist soil[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
|Other Uses Rating||
Succeeds in full sun and in dappled shade[
Young plants have a moderate rate of growth[
Fruit - raw[
]. An ovoid berry containing 1 - 3 hard seeds surrounded by a succulent, sweet and pleasant tasting pulp[
]. The fruits are about 2cm in diameter[
A latex obtained from the stem can be eaten[
A latex is obtained from the trunk[
The wood is of moderate texture, straight-grained, heavy, very resistant to wood-eating insects[
]. Hard to cut, with good mechanical properties, it is used for general construction and exterior purposes such as stakes and posts[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A low germination rate can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 80 - 100 days[
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