Matayba discolor is a semideciduous tree with a low, open crown; it can grow 4 - 7 metres tall. The crooked bole can be 15 - 25cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild as a local source of fuel. It can be used as a pioneer species when restoring native coastal woodland.
S. America - eastern Brazil.
Coastal rainforest, mainly in open areas but also in more tree-covered sites; usually in dry places on very sandy soils that can be salty[
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Prefers a sunny position[
]. Usually found wild in dry, very sandy soils that can contain moderate levels of salt[
]. Judging by its habitat, the plant should be tolerant of salt-laden winds[
Young plants have a rapid rate of growth[
The fruits are eaten avidly by the native birds[
A fast-growing tree that is tolerant of the dry, sandy soils and exposed positions of the coastal forest, and is also a good food source for the native birds; it can be used as a pioneer species when restoring native woodland in coastal areas[
The wood is medium-textured, irregular-grained, moderately heavy, slightly susceptible to wood-eating organisms. Because of its small size, it is generally only used for fuel and to make charcoal[
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 80 - 100 days[
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