Pourouma acutifolia Trécul
Pourouma fuliginea Miq.
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Pourouma scabra Rusby
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Looking up the trunk into the canopy
Photograph by: Tarciso Leão
Pourouma guianensis is an evergreen tree with a sparse, open crown; it can grow 10 - 15 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole is unbranched for more than 50% of its height and 15 - 30cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its edible fruit and wood. It can be used as a pioneer when restoring woodland or establishing a woodland garden.
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam.
Rainforests, mainly in the more open areas of secondary growth, growing mainly on land that is not seasonally inundated, but sometimes also in the areas of inundation[
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Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Succeeds in a wide range of soils[
A fast-growing tree[
]. The fruit is a violet-black, ovoid drupe about 20 - 40mm in diameter containing a single seed[
A fast-growing tree succeeding in open sunny areas, it provides food for humans and other creatures and is tolerant of a wide range of soils[
]. It can be used as a pioneer species when restoring native woodland and also for establishing woodland gardens[
The wood is medium-textured, straight-grained, light in weight, soft, with poor mechanical properties and not durable. It is only used for low value items such as boxes, toys, toothpicks and as a source of cellulose[
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 be expected, with the seed sprouting within 21 - 42 days[
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