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Useful Tropical Plants

Salacia cordata

(Miers) Mennega

Celastraceae

+ Synonyms

Salacia acreana A.C.Sm.

Salacia megistophylla Standl.

Salacia spectabilis A.C.Sm.

Thermophila cordata Miers

Common Name: Chuchuhuaso

Salacia cordata
Leaves and ripe fruits
Photograph by: A. Gentry
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General Information

Chuchuhuaso can be a tree or, more commonly, a climbing plant producing stems up to 30 metres long that twine into the surrounding vegetation for support[
777
Title
Frutipedia - Encyclopedia of Edible Fruits of the World
Publication
 
Author
Parmar Dr. C.
Website
http://fruitipedia.com/index.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online publication, listing over 400 species of fruits, usually with photos and some information on the plant.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.

Range

S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Surinam; C. America - Panama to Mexico.

Habitat

An understorey tree or climbing vine of floodplain forests at elevations up to 1,900 metres. Upland rainforest on iron-capped hills[
422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *
HabitClimber
Height25.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw. The translucent, jelly-like pulp surrounding the seeds is eaten. The yellow to peach-coloured, globose fruit is around 3cm in diameter, containing around 4 seeds[
777
Title
Frutipedia - Encyclopedia of Edible Fruits of the World
Publication
 
Author
Parmar Dr. C.
Website
http://fruitipedia.com/index.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online publication, listing over 400 species of fruits, usually with photos and some information on the plant.
].

Medicinal

The fruit has some medicinal applications[
777
Title
Frutipedia - Encyclopedia of Edible Fruits of the World
Publication
 
Author
Parmar Dr. C.
Website
http://fruitipedia.com/index.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online publication, listing over 400 species of fruits, usually with photos and some information on the plant.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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