Mitranthes gemballae D.Legrand
Neomitranthes gemballae is a semideciduous tree with a dense, pyramidal crown; it grows 6 - 12 metres tall. The straight bole can be 20 - 30cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of wood.
S. America - southern Brazil.
An understorey plant in the Atlantic rainforest, seasonal, and Araucaria forests; favouring the dense, primary forest, where it is most common on the alluvial floodplains in seasonally waterlogged soils[
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Prefers a position in fairly dense to more open dappled shade of a woodland, though can also be found in more open places[
]. Tolerant of seasonally inundated soils[
A slow-growing plant, even when young[
Fruit - raw. A succulent and sweetish flesh[
]. The black, globose fruit is up to 15mm in diameter, containing a single seed[
The wood is medium-textured, straight-grained, moderately heavy, hard to cut, with a low susceptibility to wood-eating organisms[
]. It can be used for making small items in cabinet making, for tool handles and agricultural implements[
The wood is used for fuel[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of more than 50% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 20 - 30 days[
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