Agardhia grandiflora (Mart.) Spreng.
Lozania grandiflora (Mart.) Schult.
Qualea ecalcarata Mart.
Schuechia brasiliensis Endl. ex Walp.
Schuechia ecalcarata (Mart.) Warm.
Tree in native habitat
Photograph by: Conrado
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Qualea grandiflora is a deciduous tree with a dense, globose crown; it can grow 7 - 12 metres tall. The short, cylindrical bole can be 30 - 40cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its wood.
S. America - Paraguay, southern, eastern, central and northern Brazil, Bolivia, Peru.
Savannah and woodland savannah, in both primary and secondary formations, favouring high, dry, well-drained sites[
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Prefers a sunny position[
]. Tolerates poor soils[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
A slow-growing tree[
Plants resent root disturbance, transplanting poorly[
Sapwood and heartwood are not clearly differentiated. The wood is medium-textured, moderately heavy, with poor mechanical properties, susceptible to rot when exposed. Easy to cut and work with, it can be used for low value items such as boards, toys, furniture structures, boxes etc[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in individual containers. A germination rate of below 20% can normally be expected, with the seed sprouting within 25 - 50 days[
]. Seedlings grow very slowly, but should be ready to plant out 10 - 11 months later[
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