Xylosma balansae Briq.
Xylosma elliptica (Clos) Hemsl.
Xylosma paraguayensis Briq.
Xylosma venosa is a semideciduous tree with a dense, globose crown; it can grow from 3 - 7 metres tall. The short bole can be 15 - 20cm in diameter. The branches are armed with strong spines 1 - 4cm long[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its wood. It can be used as a pioneer species when restoring native woodland.
S. America - Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, southern, central and eastern Brazil, Bolivia
An understorey plant, found in various forest formations, favouring rocky soils with rapid drainage[
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Succeeds in full sun to moderate dappled shade[
]. Found in the wild on a range of soil types, but favours very well-drained rocky soils[
Young plants have a fast rate of growth[
A fast-growing tree that is tolerant of full sun and supplies food for the native fauna; it can be used as part of a planting scheme for restoring native woodland[
The wood is medium-textured, straight-grained, moderately heavy, fairly hard, quite durable. Because of its small size it is only used for purposes such as tool handles[
The wood is used for fuel[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of more than 30% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 20 - 30 days[
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