Pera alba Leal
Pera frutescens Leal
Pera leandrii (Mart.) Baill.
Pera leandrii genuine Müll.Arg.
Pera leandrii glabrescens Müll.Arg.
Spixia heteranthera Schrank
Spixia leandrii Mart.
Pera heteranthera is a semideciduous tree with a dense, globose crown; it can grow 5 - 9 metres tall. The short, cylindrical bole can be 20 - 30cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its wood. It is also suitable as a pioneer species in reforestation projects for native woodlands.
S. America - northern and eastern Brazil.
Humid Atlantic forest tablelands, found mainly on slopes and usually occurring in secondary formations[
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Prefers a sunny position[
Young plants have a moderate rate of growth[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
A natural pioneer species, also providing food for the native fauna, the tree can be used in reforestation projects for re-establishing native woodland[
The wood is straight-grained, even-textured, moderately heavy, susceptible to rot. It is easy to cut, but of low quality and used only for purposes such as toys, mouldings and boxes[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of around 40% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 40 - 50 days[
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