Rapanea gardneriana (A.DC.) Mez
Myrsine gardneriana is a deciduous tree with a very open, narrow crown; it can grow 4 - 8 metres tall. The short, cylindrical bole can be 20 - 30cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for its wood. It is recommended for use as an ornamental, being particularly useful for planting in narrow streets[
S. America - Paraguay, Bolivia, southern and eastern Brazil.
Savannah and more open, secondary growth in semideciduous forests; favouring stony sites where the water table is close to the surface, at elevations from the lowland to over 2,500 metres[
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Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Prefers a moist soil[
A fairly slow-growing plant, usually smaller than 2.5 metres tall after 2 years from seed[
The heartwood and sapwood are not clearly demarcated. The wood is medium-textured, straight-grained, moderately heavy, not very durable when exposed to the elements. It has an irregularly shiny surface. It is used for the manufacture of simple furniture, wall linings, beams, rafters etc[
The wood is used to make charcoal[
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 50 - 100 days[
]. When the seedlings are 4 - 5cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out 9 months or more later[
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