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Useful Tropical Plants

Sparattanthelium botocudorum

Mart.

Hernandiaceae


This name is not universally accepted. We are following the treatment in the on-line 2012 'Flora do Brasil' which treats it as a valid species that is endemic to Brasil, but various other treatments see this species as no more than a synonym of Sparattanthelium uncigerum (Meisn.) Kubitzki, a species found mainly in the Guyanas[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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+ Synonyms

Sparattanthelium tupiniquinorum Mart.

Common Name:

Sparattanthelium botocudorum
Flowering branches
Photograph by: Alex Popovkin, Bahia, Brazil
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General Information

Sparattanthelium botocudorum is a semideciduous shrub or small tree with a dense, irregular crown; it can grow 3 - 5 metres tall. The stems are somewhat scandent, giving the impression of a climbing plant. The short, crooked bole can be 10 - 20cm in diameter[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its wood. It can be used as a pioneer species for restoring native woodland.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - eastern, central and northern Brazil.

Habitat

Atlantic rainforest, especially in coastal areas, favouring open and secondary growth areas and often invading old pasture land[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitSemi-deciduous Tree
Height4.00 m
Growth RateFast
PollinatorsBees
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Grows best in a sunny position[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].
A fast-growing plant[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

A fast-growing, natural pioneer species, able to invade old cleared areas of land; it can be used in reforestation programmes to restore native woodland[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Other Uses

The wood is coarse-textured, straight-grained, moderately heavy, easy to cut, with a low resistance to rot. It is too small for most uses, being employed mainly as fuel and to make charcoal[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed. A low germination rate can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 30 - 40 days[
625
Title
Brazilian Trees. Volume 3.
Publication
 
Author
Lorenzi. H.
Publisher
Instituto Plantarum De Estudos Da Flora; Brazil.
Year
2009
ISBN
85-86714-34-4
Description
Information on 350 species of Brazilian trees. Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.
].
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