Rapanea parvifolia (A.DC.) Mez
Myrsine parvifolia is an evergreen shrub or tree with a dense, rounded crown; it can grow up to 7 metres tall. The cylindrical bole can be 20 - 30cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of tannins and wood. It can be used as a pioneer species when restoring native woodland.
S. America - Uruguay, southern and eastern Brazil.
Atlantic and coastal rainforests, usually in more open and secondary growth areas, favouring moist soils. It is often found growing on coastal dunes, where it is more likely to be a shrub[
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Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Prefers a moist soil[
]. Succeeds on sand dunes[
Young plants have a fast rate of growth[
A fast-growing, natural pioneer tree, providing a good source of food for the native fauna; it can be used in reforestation projects for restoring native woodland[
The bark is a good source of tannins[
The wood is coarse-textured, straight-grained, light in weight, with poor mechanical properties and very susceptible to the attacks of wood-eating insects. It is only used for making low value items such as toys, the fillings of doors and panels, window and door frames, boxes etc[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed. A low germination rate can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 20 - 30 days[
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