Peschiera salzmannii (A.DC.) Miers
Tabernaemontana rauvolfiae A.DC.
Tabernaemontana salzmannii is a semideciduous shrub or tree with an oval crown; it can grow up to 11 metres tall. The short bole can be 20 - 30cm in diameter[
The tree produces a low quality timber, but is sometimes used locally. It is an excellent pioneer species for restoring native woodland.
S. America - eastern Brazil.
Coastal forests, mainly in areas of secondary growth and in open areas such as pastures and roadsides[
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Requires a sunny position[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
The plant readily invades open areas such as pastures and roadsides. It is sometimes considered a weed within its native range[
An effective natural pioneer species, readily invading open areas to the point where it can be considered a weed, and also providing food for the native fauna. It is an excellent plant for use in restoring native woodland, though should only be used within its native range because of the risk of it escaping from cultivation and becoming a weed[
The wood is coarse-textured, straight-grained, light in weight, of low natural durability. A low quality timber, usually only available in small sizes, its only real use is for making light boxes[
The wood makes a fuel of low quality[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate in excess of 70% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 30 - 40 days[
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