Matisia paraensis Huber
Quararibea paraensis (Huber) Vischer
Patinoa paraensis is an evergreen tree with an elongated crown; it can grow 15 - 30 metres tall. The bole, which has large, verticillate knots from the lower branches, can be 30 - 45cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of fibre, oil and wood. The fruit is also possibly edible.
S. America - Peru, northern Brazil, Ecuador.
Humid floodplain forests in the Amazon, and also on river banks[
]. Usually found in primary formations, but can also be found in more advanced secondary formations[
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Succeeds in a sunny position and in dappled shade[
A fast-growing plant[
The fruit is an indehiscent capsule more than 20cm long containing seeds covered in a fleshy, fibrous pulp[
]. This report does not specify that the fruit is edible, however, it belongs to a genus of plants with edible fruits and in a family with little record of toxins. It would certainly be worth trying[
A strong fibre is obtained from the bark[
The seeds contain around 26% of a viscous oil with a low congealing temperature[
The wood is medium-textured, straight-grained, light in weight, moderately hard, with low resistance to wood-eating organisms[
]. It is only used to make items such as containers for chilled or pre-frozen products, life jackets, flotation devices etc[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in individual containers. A germination rate of virtually 100% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 20 - 30 days[
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