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Useful Tropical Plants

Myrciaria glomerata

O.Berg

Myrtaceae


This name is not universally accepted, with various authorities using different names. We are following the treatment in the Kew 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families' and the online Flora do Brasil'. However, in other treatments it is treated variously as no more than a synonym for Myrciaria glazioviana (Kiaersk.) G.M.Barroso ex Sobral; as Paramyrciaria glomerata (O.Berg) Sobral; or as Plinia glomerata (O.Berg) Amshoff[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

+ Synonyms

Eugenia cabelludo Kiaersk

Marlierea antrocola Kiaersk

Paramyrciaria glomerata (O.Berg) Sobral

Plinia glomerata (O.Berg) Amshoff

Common Name:

Myrciaria glomerata
Plant, with insets of the fruit
Photograph by: Secretaria de Agricultura e Abastecimento
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General Information

Myrciaria glomerata is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing up to 8 metres tall, usually with multiple thin trunks.
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild for local use. The plant is also sometimes cultivated for its fruit, as a hedge plant and as an ornamental.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - northern and eastern Brazil.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height6.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Ornamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Plants are fairly cold tolerant, surviving temperatures down to about -3°c.
Succeeds in full sun and in partial shade. Prefers a moist, but well-drained, fertile soil.
Plants can commence fruiting within 2 - 3 years from seed, when the plant is still only 1 metre tall.

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. The flesh is juicy and subacid with a pleasant flavour[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. The yellow fruits are about 20mm in diameter[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

Plants can be trimmed and grown as a hedge.

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - it has a short viability and so is best sown as soon as it is ripe. Sow in a semi-shaded position in a nursery seedbed. Germination rates are quite low, with the seed sprouting within 80 - 100 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.
]. The seedlings grow away quite slowly[
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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