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Useful Tropical Plants

Myrsine coriacea

(Sw.) R.Br. ex Roem. & Schult.

Primulaceae

+ Synonyms

Ardisia pallidiflora Standl.

Caballeria ferruginea Ruiz & Pav.

Manglilla ferruginea (Ruiz & Pav.) Roem. & Schult.

Myrsine ferruginea (Ruiz & Pav.) Spreng.

Myrsine flocculosa Mart.

Myrsine guatemalensis Gand.

Myrsine jelskii Zahlbr.

Myrsine laeta Duss

Myrsine laeta Griseb.

Myrsine microcalyx Lundell

Myrsine myricoides Schltdl.

Myrsine nigrescens Lundell

Myrsine paulensis A.DC.

Myrsine popayanensis Kunth

Myrsine rufa (Lundell) Lundell

Myrsine rufescens A.DC.

Myrsine salicifolia A.DC.

Myrsine saligna (Willd. ex Schult. & Schult.f.) A.DC.

Myrsine tomentosa C.Presl

Myrsine vestita Lundell

Myrsine viridis Rusby

Rapanea ambigua Mez

Rapanea coriacea (Sw.) Mez

Rapanea ferruginea (Ruiz & Pav.) Mez

Rapanea jelskii (Zahlbr.) Mez

Rapanea mandonii Mez

Rapanea microcalyx (Lundell) Lundell

Rapanea myricoides (Schltdl.) Lundell

Rapanea nigrescens (Lundell) Lundell

Rapanea panamensis Lundell

Rapanea paulensis (A.DC.) Mez

Rapanea rufa Lundell

Rapanea vestita (Lundell) Lundell

Samara coriacea Sw.

Samara saligna Willd. ex Schult. & Schult.f.

Common Name:

Myrsine coriacea
Fruiting branch
Photograph by: João Medeiros
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General Information

Myrsine coriacea is an evergreen tree with an open, narrow crown; it can grow 6 - 12 metres tall. The slender, cylindrical bole can be 30 - 40cm in diameter[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
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 tree is harvested from the wild for its wood. It can be used as a pioneer species when restoring woodland or establishing woodland gardens.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - Panama to Mexico; Caribbean

Habitat

Various forest types, usually in the more open, secondary formations, favouring moist sites and slopes near rivers where it can be dominant; usually at elevations above 1,500 metres in the tropics, descending to lower elevations in the subtropics[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
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

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height9.00 m
Growth RateFast
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the subtropics to the tropics, descending to lower elevations in the subtropics but rarely below 500 metres in the tropics and most commonly at elevations from 1,500 metres to over 3,000 metres.
Grows best in a sunny position[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
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.
]. Prefers a moist soil[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
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 fast-growing plant, able to reach a height of 3 - 4 metres within 2 years from seed[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
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.
].
Plants will often flower and produce fruit all year round[
447
Title
Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1964
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 250 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].
Usually a dioecious species, though bisexual flowers are sometimes found. Generally, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
447
Title
Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1964
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 250 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

A fast-growing species that tolerates full sun and provides an edible fruit for the native fauna; it can be used as a pioneer species when restoring native woodland and can also be used for establishing woodland gardens[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
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.
,
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Other Uses

The whitish wood is medium-textured, light in weight, with poor mechanical properties and not durable when exposed to the elements. It is easy to cut and can be used for internal purposes such as stays and beams, as well as for posts[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
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.
,
447
Title
Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1964
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 250 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].
The wood is used to make charcoal[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
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 low germination rate can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 30 - 60 days[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
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.
]. When the seedlings are 4 - 5cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out 5 - 6 months later[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
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 seed has a short viability of less than 3 months in storage[
419
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 1. 4th Edition.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2002
ISBN
85-86714-17-8
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.
].
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-04-18. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Myrsine+coriacea>

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