Labatia ciliolate Engl.
Labatia lanceolata (Raunk. ex Warm.) Engl.
Labatia ostenii Hassl.
Labatia sapota-anguai Rojas
Lucuma gardneriana A.DC.
Lucuma lanceolata Raunk. ex Warm.
Pouteria ciliolata (Engl.) Dubard
Pouteria suavis Hemsl.
Common Name: Aguai Guacu
Aguai guacu is a semi-deciduous to deciduous tree with a dense, wide crown growing from 10 - 15 metres tall[
]. The short bole can be 40 - 50cm in diameter[
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild and consumed locally, though it is not widely appreciated[
S. America - Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, southern, eastern, central and northern Brazil, Bolivia.
Gallery forests, generally near sea level[
]. Found mainly along rivers and streams, usually in deep, clayey soils and on slopes at elevations up to 500 metres[
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Prefers a sunny position[
A slow-growing tree[
Fruit - raw[
]. The fruits contain 1 - 2 seeds surrounded by a fleshy, sweet-flavoured pulp[
]. The pear-shaped, orange-yellow fruits are about 6cm long by 4cm wide[
The wood is fine-textured, straight-grained, moderately heavy, hard to cut, resistant to wood-eating organisms. It is suitable for cabinet making, turned objects, tool handles etc[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A low germination rate can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 50 - 70 days[
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