Palaua tomentosa Kunth
Saurauia pruinosa R.E.Schult.
Saurauia ruiziana tomentosa (Kunth) Choisy
Saurauia spruce Sprague
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[
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild for local use. A beautiful tree, it is worthy of cultivation[
Northern S. America - Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela.
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[
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Plants can be cut back quite severely and will resprout[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. Sweet and mucilaginous[
]. The green berries often have a purple or maroon tint; globose to ovoid, they are up to 15mm across[
The light brown wood is coarsely fibrous[
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[
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