Karwinskia oblongifolia Rusby
Common Name: Saguaraji
Saguaraji is a deciduous tree with an open, upright crown; it can grow 8 - 16 metres tall[
]. The bole can be 30 - 50cm in diameter, it is covered in a corky, vertically fissured bark[
The edible fruit is sometimes gathered from the wild and used locally, though it is not widely appreciated[
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador.
Rain forest, high altitude semi-deciduous forest and savannahs. Usually found in stony, fertile soils, it is rare in primary forest formations but found more commonly in open formations[
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A plant of low to moderate elevations in the tropics, found at 150 - 1,200 metres.
Prefers a sunny position[
Young plants are fast-growing[
Fruit - raw[
]. A thin, juicy pulp with a sweet, pleasant flavour[
]. The black, ellipsoid fruit is about 12mm long, containing a single, large seed[
The heartwood and sapwood are not clearly differentiated. The wood is medium-textured, heavy, hard, highly resistant to rot even when exposed to the elements. It is used for external work such as poles, posts, railway ties, bridges, building construction and hydraulic work[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of almost 100% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 5 - 15 days. When the seedlings are 3 - 5cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out 4 - 5 months later[
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