Aeschrion crenata Vell.
Picraena palo-amargo Speg.
Picraena vellozii (Planch.) Engl.
Picramnia crenata (Vell.) Hassl.
Picrasma palo-amargo Speg.
Picrasma vellozii Planch.
Picrasma crenata is a deciduous tree growing 6 - 12 metres tall. The crooked bole can be 25 - 35cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood. It can be used in urban landscaping[
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, southern and eastern Brazil, Bolivia.
An understorey plant in seasonal, semideciduous forests and Araucaria forests, usually at elevations in excess of 1,000 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Succeeds in full sun to fairly dense, dappled shade[
]. Plants seem to be indifferent to soil moisture levels[
Young plants have a moderate rate of growth[
The bitter-tasting inner bark has medicinal properties[
The wood is coarse-textured, irregular-grained, light in weight, easy to cut, with a bitter taste and susceptible to the attacks of wood-eating organisms. It is used to make domestic implements such as plates, cups and various containers[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of less than 40% can usually be expected, with the seed sprouting within 70 - 90 days[
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