Eupatorium discolor Spreng.
Vanillosma cinerea Mart. ex Baker
Vernonia discolor (Spreng.) Less.
Vernonanthura discolor is a semideciduous tree with an open, oblong crown; it can grow 10 - 15 metres tall. The short, straight, cylindrical bole can be 30 - 50cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally. It is also used as a pioneer in reforestation schemes.
S. America - Brazil.
Semideciduous forests and Araucaria forests, where it is found mainly in secondary formations or where the forest has been degraded by human activity, favouring valley bottoms and moist hillsides[
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Prefers a sunny position[
A fast-growing tree, able to reach a height of 3 - 4 metres within 2 years from seed[
A fast-growing tree, it is an excellent species for use in reforestation projects for restoring native woodland[
The heartwood and sapwood are not clearly differentiated. The wood is medium-textured, light in weight, soft, of low durability, easy to work. It is only used for low value items such as boxes, soles of clogs and the heels of shoes[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A low germination rate can usually be expected, with the seed sprouting within 15 - 25 days[
]. When the seedlings are 3 - 5cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out 5 months later.
The seed has a viability of less than 3 months in storage[
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