Mespilodaphne pulchella (Nees & Mart.) Meisn.
Mespilodaphne vaccinioides Meisn.
Oreodaphne pulchella Nees & Mart.
Ocotea pulchella is a semideciduous tree with an open, more or less globose crown; it can grow 20 - 30 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 50 - 80cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use and for its wood.
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, southern, central and eastern Brazil.
Coastal and Atlantic rainforests, Araucaria forests and higher elevation forests and savannah[
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Grows best in a sunny position[
The bark and leaves are emmenagogue and stomachic. They are used to strengthen the womb[
The heartwood and sapwood are not clearly demarcated. The wood is medium-textured, the surface slightly rough and lustrous, moderately heavy, hard, with moderate mechanical properties and low durability in contact with the soil. Considered to be of second quality, it is used mainly for boards, beams, stakes, laths, floorboards, linings etc[
Seed - it has a short period of viability and so is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A low germination rate can usually be expected, with the seed sprouting within 30 - 60 days[
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