Eugenia brachybotrya DC.
Mouriri polyantha Miq.
Mouriri ulei Pilg.
Mouriri weddellii Naudin
Myrtus umbellata Desv. ex Ham.
Petaloma mouriri Sw.
Mouriri guianensis is an evergreen shrub or tree with a low, dense, rounded crown; it can grow 4 - 9 metres tall[
]. The short bole can be 15 - 25cm in diameter[
]. The lower branches usually touch the ground[
The tree provides an edible fruit for the local population. Usually gathered from the wild, it is also sometimes cultivated in home gardens[
]. The plant is also used locally as a medicine and source of wood.
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana.
Savannahs, floodplain rainforests and coastal, moist broadleaved forests, where it is often found on dunes[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Prefers a sunny position[
A slow-growing plant[
Fruit - raw[
]. The orange-red, globose fruit has a sweet, mucilaginous pulp. It is up to 25mm in diameter, containing 1 - 3 seeds[
The whole plant, but especially the bark, is very astringent[
]. It is used in baths for women after they have given birth[
The wood is medium-textured, irregular-grained, heavy, with a low resistance to rot. Hard to cut, and of small dimensions, it is only used for fuel[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of around 90% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 40 - 50 days[
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