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Useful Tropical Plants

Mouriri pusa

Gardner

Melastomataceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name: Puca

Mouriri pusa
Fruit, cut open to reveal seed and flesh
Photograph by: Conrado
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General Information

Mouriri pusa is a semi-deciduous tree with a small, sparse crown; it can grow 4 - 8 metres tall. The short, crooked bole can be 20 - 30cm in diameter, and is covered in a thick, corky bark[
416
Title
Brazilian Fruits and Cultivated Exotics
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.; Bacher. L.; Lacerda. M.; Sartori. S.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora LTDA; Brazil.
Year
2000
ISBN
85-867174-24-0
Description
A superb book, giving information on several hundred fruit species. Each entry has a brief description of the plant and its uses, accompanied by one to many excellent quality photographs of the fruits.
,
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild and consumed locally, where it is greatly appreciated. It is sometimes sold in local markets[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - central, eastern and northern Brazil, Bolivia.

Habitat

Scrubland and rocky, sandy grassland[
416
Title
Brazilian Fruits and Cultivated Exotics
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.; Bacher. L.; Lacerda. M.; Sartori. S.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora LTDA; Brazil.
Year
2000
ISBN
85-867174-24-0
Description
A superb book, giving information on several hundred fruit species. Each entry has a brief description of the plant and its uses, accompanied by one to many excellent quality photographs of the fruits.
,
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitSemi-deciduous Tree
Height6.00 m
Growth RateSlow
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Prefers a sunny position[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].
A slow-growing plant[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
416
Title
Brazilian Fruits and Cultivated Exotics
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.; Bacher. L.; Lacerda. M.; Sartori. S.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora LTDA; Brazil.
Year
2000
ISBN
85-867174-24-0
Description
A superb book, giving information on several hundred fruit species. Each entry has a brief description of the plant and its uses, accompanied by one to many excellent quality photographs of the fruits.
]. The thin-skinned fruit has a succulent, sweet-tasting, pleasant, yellow pulp[
416
Title
Brazilian Fruits and Cultivated Exotics
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.; Bacher. L.; Lacerda. M.; Sartori. S.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora LTDA; Brazil.
Year
2000
ISBN
85-867174-24-0
Description
A superb book, giving information on several hundred fruit species. Each entry has a brief description of the plant and its uses, accompanied by one to many excellent quality photographs of the fruits.
,
626
Title
Influence of extracts of Stryphnodendron polyphyllum and S.obovatum on the cicatrisation of cutaneous wounds in rats
Publication
 
Author
Lopes G.C. et al
Publisher
Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Year
2005 (June)
ISBN
 
Description
A research paper into the effectiveness of two species of plants at healing wounds.
]. A fine flavour[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. The globose fruits are 25mm or more in diameter, containing 1 - 4 seeds[
416
Title
Brazilian Fruits and Cultivated Exotics
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.; Bacher. L.; Lacerda. M.; Sartori. S.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora LTDA; Brazil.
Year
2000
ISBN
85-867174-24-0
Description
A superb book, giving information on several hundred fruit species. Each entry has a brief description of the plant and its uses, accompanied by one to many excellent quality photographs of the fruits.
,
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Medicinal

The leaves are commonly used by people living in the Cerrados of Brazil to treat gastrointestinal disturbances[
449
Title
Anti-hemorrhagic Activity of Four Brazilian Vegetable Species
Publication
 
Author
Nishijima C.M.; Hiruma-Lima C.A. Et al
Website
http://www.mdpi.com/journal/molecules
Publisher
Molecules; Basel
Year
2009
ISBN
1420-3049
Description
Research paper on the use of flavones in four Brazilian plant species to treat haemorrhaging as a result of snake bites. An open source document, available online.
].
The leaves are rich in flavonoids, mainly kaempferol, myricetin, and flavonoids derived from quercetin. These compounds have been shown to have an antihaemorrhagic and antidote effect when used in the treatment of snake bites[
449
Title
Anti-hemorrhagic Activity of Four Brazilian Vegetable Species
Publication
 
Author
Nishijima C.M.; Hiruma-Lima C.A. Et al
Website
http://www.mdpi.com/journal/molecules
Publisher
Molecules; Basel
Year
2009
ISBN
1420-3049
Description
Research paper on the use of flavones in four Brazilian plant species to treat haemorrhaging as a result of snake bites. An open source document, available online.
].
The leaves have been shown to have a protective effect on the gastric lining and a healing action on gastric ulcers[
450
Title
Studies of gastric mucosa regeneration and safety promoted by Mouriri pusa treatment in acetic acid ulcer model.
Publication
 
Author
Vasconcelos PC, Kushima H, et al
Publisher
Journal of Ethnopharmacology;
Year
2008 Jan 17;115(2):293-301. Epub 2007 Oct 10.
ISBN
 
Description
A research paper, studying the ability of Mouriri pusa to protect the stomach from gastric ulcers and promote the healing of existing ulcers.
].

Other Uses

The wood is coarse-textured, straight-grained, moderately heavy, with a low resistance to wood-eating organisms. Hard to cut, and of small dimensions, it is only used for fuel and to make charcoal[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of around 50% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 70 - 90 days[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].
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