Flower buds and young leaves
Photograph by: Stan Shebs
Saurauia madrensis is a tree growing up to 13 metres tall.
The tree is harvested from the wild for its edible fruit, which is consumed locally. An ornamental tree, it is sometimes grown in gardens.
C. America - southern Mexico.
Cloud forests and moist forests, often with Liquidambar, at elevations from 1,000 - 3,000 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of higher elevations in the moist tropics, it can also be grown in subtropical climates that lack intense summer heat. It is found in the wild at elevations from 1,000 - 3,000 metres[
]. Plants can tolerate at least some frost, possibly down to -5°c[
Succeeds in partial shade, and in full sun in cooler areas[
]. Prefers a well-drained soil[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. Sweet and mucilaginous[
We have no information on the wood of this species, but the following is a general description of the wood from species in this genus.
The wood is little used, except locally for fuel. It is a pale reddish brown throughout; not attractive; lustre rather low; odourless and tasteless; rather light, but firm, tough, and strong; texture medium; grain straight; easy to cut, saws finely woolly, is rather hairy under the plane; probably not durable. Useful locally for general carpentry and interior construction[
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