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Useful Tropical Plants

Saurauia tomentosa

(Kunth) Spreng.

Actinidiaceae

+ Synonyms

Palaua tomentosa Kunth

Saurauia pruinosa R.E.Schult.

Saurauia ruiziana tomentosa (Kunth) Choisy

Saurauia spruce Sprague

Common Name:

Saurauia tomentosa

General Information

Saurauia tomentosa is a tree with an open crown; it can grow up to 30 metres tall. The long, straight bole can be free of branches for up to 15 metres and 40cm in diameter[
660
Title
Revision of S. American Saurauria (Actinidiaceae).
Publication
 
Author
Soejarto D.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History: Chicago.
Year
1980
ISBN
0015-1746
Description
A treatment of the S. American species in the genus Saurauia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild for local use. A beautiful tree, it is worthy of cultivation[
660
Title
Revision of S. American Saurauria (Actinidiaceae).
Publication
 
Author
Soejarto D.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History: Chicago.
Year
1980
ISBN
0015-1746
Description
A treatment of the S. American species in the genus Saurauia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

660
Title
Revision of S. American Saurauria (Actinidiaceae).
Publication
 
Author
Soejarto D.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History: Chicago.
Year
1980
ISBN
0015-1746
Description
A treatment of the S. American species in the genus Saurauia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

Northern S. America - Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela.

Habitat

Wet mountain, submontane and secondary forest; edge of primary forest, open, wind-swept hillside; along shady wet places and streams; plantations; gardens; abandoned fields; roadside embankment and meadows; at elevations of 2,000 - 2,800 m[
660
Title
Revision of S. American Saurauria (Actinidiaceae).
Publication
 
Author
Soejarto D.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History: Chicago.
Year
1980
ISBN
0015-1746
Description
A treatment of the S. American species in the genus Saurauia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *
HabitTree
Height25.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



Plants can be cut back quite severely and will resprout[
660
Title
Revision of S. American Saurauria (Actinidiaceae).
Publication
 
Author
Soejarto D.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History: Chicago.
Year
1980
ISBN
0015-1746
Description
A treatment of the S. American species in the genus Saurauia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw or cooked[
660
Title
Revision of S. American Saurauria (Actinidiaceae).
Publication
 
Author
Soejarto D.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History: Chicago.
Year
1980
ISBN
0015-1746
Description
A treatment of the S. American species in the genus Saurauia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. Sweet and mucilaginous[
660
Title
Revision of S. American Saurauria (Actinidiaceae).
Publication
 
Author
Soejarto D.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History: Chicago.
Year
1980
ISBN
0015-1746
Description
A treatment of the S. American species in the genus Saurauia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. The green berries often have a purple or maroon tint; globose to ovoid, they are up to 15mm across[
660
Title
Revision of S. American Saurauria (Actinidiaceae).
Publication
 
Author
Soejarto D.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History: Chicago.
Year
1980
ISBN
0015-1746
Description
A treatment of the S. American species in the genus Saurauia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The light brown wood is coarsely fibrous[
660
Title
Revision of S. American Saurauria (Actinidiaceae).
Publication
 
Author
Soejarto D.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History: Chicago.
Year
1980
ISBN
0015-1746
Description
A treatment of the S. American species in the genus Saurauia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

We have no more 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[
660
Title
Revision of S. American Saurauria (Actinidiaceae).
Publication
 
Author
Soejarto D.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History: Chicago.
Year
1980
ISBN
0015-1746
Description
A treatment of the S. American species in the genus Saurauia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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