Gardenia ferox Cham. & Schltdl
Solena ferox (Cham. & Schltdl.) D.Dietr.
Randia ferox is a deciduous tree with a dense crown; it can grow 3 - 7 metres tall. The crooked bole can be 20 - 30cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its edible fruit and wood. It can be used as a pioneer species when restoring native woodland or establishing woodland gardens.
S. America - southern and eastern Brazil.
Semi-deciduous rainforests, usually in secondary formations[
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Succeeds in full sun and in dappled shade[
A small but fast-growing tree when young[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
Fruit - raw[
]. A sweet-tasting pulp with numerous small seeds[
]. The yellowy-green, cylindrical fruit can be 5cm long and 4cm wide[
A fast-growing, pioneer species that produces an edible fruit; it can be used in planting schemes when restoring native woodland and could also be used when establishing a woodland garden[
The wood is coarse-textured, irregular-grained, moderately heavy, with little resistance to wood-eating organisms. It is too small to be of any value apart from fuel and making charcoal[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of around 50% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 50 - 70 days[
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