Saccellium brasiliense I.M.Johnst.
Cordia brasiliensis is a semideciduous tree with a dense, frondose crown; it can grow 8 - 12 metres tall. The short, cylindrical bole can be 40 - 60cm in diameter with a thick, fissured bark[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally. Providing an excellent shade, the tree can be used in landscaping[
S America - central and eastern Brazil.
Atlantic rainforest and semideciduous forest, found mainly in the denser growth of the primary forest, favouring well-drained soils rich in calcium[
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Prefers a sunny position[
]. Found wild in well-drained, calcium-rich soils[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
The tree has a moderate rate of growth[
Although we have seen no specific information for this species, the fruits of most Cordia species are comprised of a thin to fairly thick layer of pulpy, sweetish-tasting flesh surrounding a single seed and are more or less edible[
], (though some are known to cause gastric disturbances).
The wood is fine to medium-textured, straight-grained, heavy, hard, with good mechanical properties and quite durable. It is used in general construction for purposes such as beams, scantlings, laths, boards and dividing walls; it is also used in making furniture, window and door frames[
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 42 - 56 days[
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