Pisonia graciliflora Mart. ex J.A.Schmidt
Torrubia graciliflora (Mart. ex J.A.Schmidt) Standl.
Guapira graciliflora is an evergreen tree with a dense, globose crown; it can grow 4 - 5 metres tall. The normally straight, cylindrical bole can be 20 - 30cm in diameter with a thick, fissured bark[
The tree is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use of its wood. An ornamental plant, it can be used in landscaping[
S. America - central, eastern and northeastern Brazil.
Dryland forest, savannah and woodland savannah, growing mainly on well-drained slopes, normally in sandy to loamy soils[
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Requires a sunny position[
]. Requires a well-drained soil[
]. Prefers a sandy to loamy soil[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
A slow-growing plant, even when young[
The wood is medium-textured, light in weight, soft, very flexible, with poor mechanical properties and rapidly rotting if exposed to the elements. It is used locally for low value items such as tool handles, boxes, toys etc[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed. Make sure the seed is washed thoroughly to remove the fruit pulp, since this contains germination inhibitors. A high germination rate can usually be expected, with the seed sprouting within 2 - 3 days[
]. When the seedlings are 5 - 6cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out 8 or more months later[
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