Rapanea guianensis Aubl.
Rapanea oblonga Pohl ex Miq.
Rapanea ovalifolia Mez
Tree growing in native habitat
Photograph by: Petruss
Myrsine guianensis is an evergreen shrub or tree with an open, narrow crown; it can grow up to 7.5 metres tall. The straight bole can be 8 - 15cm in diameter[
]. Older plants often become spreading and woody with numerous trunks[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for its wood. It is grown as an ornamental and hedge, valued mainly for its attractive foliage and fruit display[
S. America - Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama to Mexico; Caribbean Trinidad to Florida
Moist and dry limestone forests[
]. The lee side of coastal upland plant communities, where soil is sandy with shell fragments and often poorly drained; also in Baldcypress swamps among other wet site tolerant plants[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Prefers a position with partial to dense shade[
]. Tolerant of a wide range of soils from sandy to clay; from moderately acid to moderately alkaline; and also somewhat saline[
]. Established plants are very drought tolerant and can also tolerate short periods of waterlogging[
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[
Plants can be trimmed to form a hedge[
The light brown wood is hard and strong. It is used chiefly for posts[
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