Bellucia imperialis Saldanha & Cogn.
Common Name: Goiaba De Anta
Goiaba de anta is an evergreen tree with a rounded crown; it can grow 3 - 14 metres tall. The bole, which usually branches from low down, can be 15 - 25cm in diameter[
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild and used locally[
]. The fruit represents an important food source for people trying to survive in the jungle[
S. America - northern Brazil, Bolivia.
Moist upland forests, mainly in secondary formations[
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Prefers a sunny position[
Newly planted young trees grow away rapidly[
Trees can flower and fruit all year round[
Fruit - raw[
]. The thin-skinned fruit has a fleshy pulp with a pleasant, acidic flavour[
]. It is eaten mainly in the form of a juice[
]. The fruit contains numerous tiny seeds that are almost imperceptible when ingested[
]. The yellow, globose fruit is around 3cm in diameter[
A fast-growing tree succeeding in full sun and providing an edible fruit; it can be used in reforestation projects for restoring native woodland and also for establishing woodland gardens[
The wood is coarse-textured, straight-grained, moderately hard but not durable. Easy to cut, but because of its small dimensions it is only suitable for items such as box making and toys[
The wood is used for fuel and for making charcoal[
Seed - due to its small size, it is best to place the fruits in plastic bags until the pulp has partially decomposed then mix them with water to make a suspension. Water the soil in a nursery seedbed with this suspension and do not cover the seed, but make sure the soil does not dry out[
]. A high rate of germination can be expected, with the seeds sprouting within 10 - 20 days[
]. Pot up the seedlings into individual containers when they are 4 - 5cm tall and plant out into their permanent positions when they are 20 - 30cm tall[
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