Matayba elaeagnoides is a semideciduous tree with an open crown growing 6 - 14 metres tall. The short, crooked bole can be 30 - 50cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its wood.
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, southern and eastern Brazil, Bolivia.
An understorey tree in Araucaria forest and broadleaved forests found in dense primary forest and in the more advanced stages of secondary forest; favouring moist soils[
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Succeeds in full sun and also in moderate shade[
]. Prefers a moist soil[
The tree has a moderate rate of growth, able to reach a height of around 2.5 metres within 2 years from seed[
The wood is moderately heavy, hard, with reasonable mechanical properties, durable if kept dry. It is used in construction for purposes such as rafters, beams, laths, boards etc[
The wood is 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 or in individual containers. A moderate germination rate can usually be expected, with the seed sprouting within 10 - 20 days[
]. When the seedbed-sown seedlings are 4 - 6cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out 4 - 6 months later[
The seed has a viability of less than 3 months in storage[
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