Porcelia goyazensis R.E.Fr.
Uvaria macrocarpa Warm.
Common Name: Monkey Banana
Monkey banana is a semi-deciduous tree with a pyramidal or roundish crown; it can grow 10 - 20 metres tall. The bole can be 60 - 80cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of food, fibre and wood.
S. America - Brazil.
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Succeeds in dappled shade[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
Fruit - raw[
]. The pulp is sweet, succulent and very tasty, but there are a lot of seeds and very little pulp[
]. The greenish fruit is about 7cm long and 4cm wide[
A fibre obtained from the trunk can be used for making ropes[
The wood is of medium-texture, cross-grained, moderately heavy, with poor mechanical properties and not durable[
]. It is only used for low value items such as boards, boxes and toys[
Seed - it has a hard seedcoat and may benefit from scarification before sowing to speed up germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing. Sow the seed in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate in excess of 50% can be expected[
]. Seedlings grow away fairly slowly[
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