Eugenia macrosperma is an evergreen shrub or tree with a dense, fairly narrow, elongate crown; it can grow up to 10 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 15 - 25cm in diameter[
The plant is often harvested from the wild, and also sometimes cultivated, for its edible fruit. It is also a local source of wood, mainly used for fuel.
S. America - eastern Brazil.
Atlantic and coastal rainforest, growing in open areas[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Grows best in a sunny position[
A slow-growing plant, even when young[
Fruit - raw. A sweet-tasting, fleshy pulp[
]. The dark purple, ellipsoid fruit can be 25mm long and 15mm wide[
The wood is fine-textured, straight-grained, moderately heavy, hard to cut, moderately durable. A good wood, but generally too small to be used other than items such as lathe work and tool handles[
The wood is used for fuel[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in individual containers. A germination rate of almost 100% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 40 - 60 days[
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