Chrysophyllum gardneri Mart. & Eichler ex Miq.
Discoluma gardneri (Mart. & Eichler ex Miq.) Baill.
Lucuma catocladantha Eichler
Lucuma gardneri (Mart. & Eichler ex Miq.) Engl.
Lucuma paraguariensis Chodat & Hassl.
Podoluma gardneri (Mart. & Eichler ex Miq.) Aubrév.
Pouteria catocladantha (Eichler) Baehni
Vitellaria catocladantha (Eichler) Engl.
Common Name: Sapotinha
Sapotinha is a deciduous tree with an elongate, fairly open crown[
]. It grows 8 - 14 metres tall with a straight bole 25 - 45cm in diameter[
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild and consumed locally, though it is not widely appreciated[
S. America - Paraguay, southern, eastern and northern Brazil, Bolivia.
]. Found mainly in secondary formations and in primary forests on high terrains[
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Succeeds in full sun and dappled shade[
]. Found in the wild on well-drained clay soils and medium fertility soils[
Fruit - raw[
]. The fruit contains a single seed surrounded by a slightly sweet, fleshy pulp[
]. The fruit is about 2cm in diameter[
The wood is heavy, hard, straight grained and of medium to fine texture[
]. It has good mechanical properties and is moderately durable[
]. It is only used locally, being employed in construction, cabinet making and external work[
Seed - best sown as soon as ripe[
]. Sow in a nursery seedbed in a sunny position[
]. Germination usually takes place in 6 - 10 weeks, though the percentage that germinate is normally low[
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