Agardhia cryptantha Spreng.
Amphilochia acuminulata Gardner
Qualea cryptantha is a semideciduous tree with an elongated crown; it can grow 4 - 9 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 20 - 30cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its wood.
S. America - southern and eastern Brazil.
Savannahs, rainforest and littoral rainforest, especially in secondary formations, preferring open positions on moist, sandy soils[
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Requires a sunny position[
]. The cultivation of this species is difficult, possibly because of a lack of the correct soil mycorrhizae[
The tree is a natural pioneer within its native range, though has proven to be difficult to cultivate so is likely to only be of value as a pioneer in areas where it introduces itself naturally[
The wood is coarse-textured, straight-grained, moderately heavy, susceptible to wood-eating organisms. Of low quality, it is only used for box making[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
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 70 - 90 days[
]. Seedlings do not usually grow away very well, possibly because of a lack of the correct soil mycorrhizae[
]. It would probably be beneficial to obtain some soil from around healthy plants in the wild in order to try and introduce the mycorrhizae[
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