Qualea macroptera Link ex A.Dietr.
Qualea pilosa heterophylla Kuntze
Qualea pilosa multinervia Kuntze
Qualea subvillosa Link ex A.Dietr.
Qualea multiflora is a semideciduous tree with a sparse, pyramidal crown; it can grow 4 - 6 metres tall. The bole is usually crooked, about 15 - 25cm in diameter[
The trees are sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of the wood.
S. America - Paraguay, southern, eastern, central and northern Brazil, Bolivia, Peru.
Rainforest and savannah, where it is found mainly in open formations on well-drained soils of low fertility[
]. Grows preferably in sandy fields[
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Prefers a sunny position[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
Trees are able to survive forest and bush fires - the top growth may be killed but the thick bark protects the trunk and the tree resprouts after the fire[
The bark is a rich source of tannins[
The wood is medium-textured, straight-grained, heavy, soft to cut, with poor mechanical properties and of low natural durability when exposed to the elements. It is only used locally for items such as internal work in rustic constructions, canoe making, oars, boxes, toys, crates, palettes etc[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
See 461 Vol 2 p263
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed. A low germination rate can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 28 - 40 days[
]. When the seedlings are 4 - 5cm tall, pot them up into individual containers[
]. It can be quite difficult to grow the seedlings on until large enough to plant out[
]. This could be 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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