Acanthosyris falcata is a spiny, deciduous shrub or small tree with a large and intricate crown; it can grow up to 10 metres tall. The bole can be 20 - 40cm in diameter.
The tree yields an edible fruit that is often gathered from the wild by children.
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia.
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A plant of subtropical to tropical areas, where it can be found at elevations from around sea level to over 1,000 metres. Plants are damaged by frost.
Fruit - raw[
]. The fibrous pulp is juicy and sweet. Children in rural areas use the fruits rather like gum - they chew them until they are reduced to a dry, whitish fibrous mass then spit them out. The fruit is used for making liqueurs[
]. The red fruit is the size of a cherry[
]. The globose fruit is yellow when mature, 15 to 18mm in diameter, similar to a small damask, with a single seed.
The plant has local medicinal uses[
The white to yellow wood is soft and of medium weight. It has limited uses. It is used for making furniture[
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