Couepia glazioviana Pilg.
Pleragina rufa Trav.
Looking up the trunk into the crown
Photograph by: Tarciso Leão
Couepia rufa is an evergreen tree with a dense crown; it can grow 15 - 30 metres tall. The slightly crooked bole can be 30 - 50cm in diameter[
A locally popular fruit, it is often gathered from the wild and is sometimes grown in home gardens[
]. The fruit is often sold in local markets in Recife[
S America - eastern Brazil from Pernambuco to Minas Gerais.
Found mainly in dense, primary forest on well-drained soils[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
A plant of the moist tropics.
Grows in light to moderate shade[
A slow-growing plant, even when young[
Fruit - raw[
]. A fleshy, sweet pulp[
]. The brown fruit is an ovoid drupe about 10cm long containing a single, large seed[
The wood is coarse-textured, straight-grained, moderately heavy, hard to cut, with average resistance to wood-eating organisms[
]. It is used locally for internal construction[
Seed - it has a short viability and so is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in individual containers. A low germination rate can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 80 - 120 days[
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