Mezia crassiramea (Meisn.) Kuntze
Misanteca crassiramea (Meisn.) Benth.
Oreodaphne crassiramea Meisn.
Silvia crassiramea (Meisn.) Mez
Mezilaurus crassiramea is a semideciduous tree with a light, longish or pyramidal crown; it can grow 6 - 12 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 40 - 60cm in diameter with a thick bark[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its useful wood. It has ornamental properties and could be used in landscaping[
S. America - central, eastern and northern Brazil.
Found in both dense primary and the more open secondary formations of the Atlantic rainforest; favouring higher land and other areas with deep, fertile, well-drained soils[
]. Also found as an individual in pastures and other open areas[
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Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Prefers a deep, fertile, well-drained soil[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
A slow-growing plant, even when young[
The wood is medium-textured, straight-grained, heavy, very hard to cut, with excellent mechanical properties and very durable. It is used in general construction for purposes such as beams, scantlings, floorboards and door jambs; for making furniture; and for external purposes such as bridges, poles, cross-pieces etc[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in individual containers. A low germination rate can usually be expected, with the seed sprouting within 35 - 56 days[
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