Hisingera ciliatifolia Clos
Myroxylon ciliatifolium Kuntze
Xylosma ciliatifolia is a spiny, semideciduous shrub or tree growing up to 9 metres tall. The short bole is armed with long, branched spines; it can be 20 - 30cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood.
S. America - Paraguay, southern, eastern, central and northeastern Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, French Guiana.
An understorey plant in various forest formations, usually in the dense, primary forest, but also found in more open, secondary formations[
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Succeeds in full sun to fairly dense, dappled shade[
Young plants have a fast rate of growth[
The leaves are said to have medicinal properties[
The wood is fine-textured, straight-grained, moderately heavy, hard, very durable. It is only used as a fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of around 50% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 15 - 30 days[
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