This name is not universally accepted. We are following the treatment in the 2012 on-line 'Flora do Brasil', which is based on Cornejo S., X. & H. H. Iltis. 2008. Two new genera of Capparaceae: Sarcotoxicum and Mesocapparis stat. nov., and the reinstatement of Neocalyptrocalyx. Harvard Pap. Bot. 13(1): 103 - 116. However, some treatments retain the name Capparis grandipetala Maguire & Steyerm., (treated here as a synonym)[
Capparis grandipetala Maguire & Steyerm.
Neocalyptrocalyx grandipetala is an evergreen tree with a small, narrow crown; it can grow 12 - 25 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 30 - 40cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its low quality wood and its edible fruit.
S. America - eastern and northern Brazil.
A subcanopy to canopy tree in the Amazon and Atlantic rainforests, found mainly in dense, primary forests where it favours well-drained, sloping ground[
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Succeeds in full sun to moderate shade[
]. Requires a moist but well-drained soil[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
Fruit - raw[
]. A floury pulp[
]. The green fruit can be 15cm long and 10cm wide, containing a floury pulp surrounding a single large seed that can be 11cm long and 6cm wide[
The heartwood and sapwood are not clearly demarcated. The wood is coarse-textured, straight-grained, light in weight, easy to cut, with poor mechanical properties and not durable if exposed tot he elements. A low quality timber, it is only used for purposes such as making light boxes and toys[
Seed - the large seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in individual containers[
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