Guettarda burchelliana Müll.Arg.
Matthiola burchelliana (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Matthiola pohliana (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Guettarda pohliana is a semideciduous shrub or small tree with more or less erect branches, growing up to 7 metres tall. The short, crooked bole can be 15 - 25cm in diameter[
S. America - eastern, central and northern Brazil, Bolivia.
Gallery forests, usually in more open places, favouring moist to wet soils by rivers, streams and rocky waterfalls[
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Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Requires a moist to wet soil[
The plant has a slow rate of growth, even when young[
Fruit - raw[
]. A sweet, succulent flesh, but there is not much of it[
]. The fruit is a red, oblong drupe up to 25mm long and 12mm wide, containing a single, large seed[
Although slow growing, this is a pioneer species that is an excellent source of food for the native fauna. It can be used in a mixed planting when restoring native woodland[
The wood is coarse-textured, irregular-grained, heavy, hard to cut, fairly durable. Because of its small size it is only used for purposes such as stakes and scantling[
The wood is used as fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of around 30% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 80 - 100 days[
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