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Useful Tropical Plants

Wunderlichia cruelsiana

Taub.

Asteraceae


There are two spellings of the specific name. We are following the form in the on-line 2012 version of the Flora do Brasil, but the original entry (as per the International Plant Name Index) was spelled Wunderlichia crulsiana[
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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

Wunderlichia crulsiana Taub.

Common Name:

Wunderlichia cruelsiana
Ripening seeds
Photograph by: Mauricio Mercadante
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Wunderlichia cruelsiana Wunderlichia cruelsiana

General Information

Wunderlichia cruelsiana is a deciduous shrub or tree with a wide, open crown; it can grow 3 - 6 metres tall. The short, crooked bole can be 20 - 30cm in diameter with a very thick, corky bark[
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 tree yields a low quality timber, but is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - eastern and central Brazil.

Habitat

Montane savannah, favouring open positions in rocky grassland with well-drained soils[
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 *  *
HabitDeciduous Tree
Height4.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Requires an open, sunny position in a well-drained soil[
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.
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
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

Other Uses

The wood is coarse-textured, straight-grained, light in weight, with poor mechanical properties and low durability. It is easy to cut but of low quality and only available in small sizes - it is only used for making low value items such as light boxes[
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 partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. Sow the seeds on the surface of the soil and press them down firmly - be careful not to wash them away when watering. A low germination rate can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 40 - 50 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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