Flowering branches with prominent, white bracts subtending the reddish inflorescences
Photograph by: Gerrit Davidse
Anacardium spruceanum is an evergreen tree with a sparse crown; it can grow 20 - 35 metres tall. The bole can be 60 - 80cm in diameter, with a slight swelling at the base[
The tree yields a low quality timber and is sometimes harvested from the wild. An ornamental plant, valued especially for the attractive display of white leaves around the inflorescence, it can be used in landscaping in large gardens and parks[
S. America - northern Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela, the Guyanas.
A sub-canopy to canopy tree in the Amazon rainforest, growing in upland areas that are not subject to seasonal inundation[
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Requires a shady position when young, but tolerates increasing light levels as it grows larger[
The fruit is succulent, with a very acidic flavour and a resinous fragrance[
]. This report does not say that the fruit is edible[
]. The apple-shaped fruit is about 20mm long[
A red resin exudes from points of injury on the trunk[
]. No uses are mentioned.
The sapwood is darker than the heartwood. The wood is regular-grained, light in weight, with average resistance to insect attack. It is difficult to saw and is suitable only for sawn boards for construction, concrete molds, wall joists and for making boxes in general[
Seed - prior to sowing it requires soaking in water for 48 hours, changing the water every 8 hours, in order to remove germination inhibitors. Sow the treated seeds in individual containers in a partially shaded position. Germination can take 20 - 30 days[
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