Fagara hassleriana Chodat
Fagara rigida (Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.) Engl.
Zanthoxylum hasslerianum (Chodat) Pirani
Zanthoxylum velutinum Benth.
Zanthoxylum rigidum is a deciduous, prickly tree with a dense, globose crown; it can grow 4 - 8 metres tall[
]. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 20 - 35cm in diameter. The whole plant has a disagreeable odour[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood. It can be used as a pioneer species for establishing woodland.
S. America - Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia.
Open land and secondary formations on alluvial soils subject to periodic inundation, usually along the flood plains of rivers[
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Prefers a sunny position[
]. Prefers sandy soils[
]. Plants can tolerate seasonal inundation of the soil[
The leaves have medicinal applications[
A natural pioneer, it vigorously invades pasture land in the Pantanal region of Brazil, where it is considered a weed species. It can form dense stands[
The wood is medium-textured, straight-grained, moderately heavy, with good mechanical properties and moderately durable when not exposed. It is hard to cut, but splits easily. It is used for internal applications such as carpentry, cabinet making and for tool handles[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed. A low germination rate can usually be expected, with the seed sprouting within 35 - 50 days[
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