Grias aubletiana Miers
Grias hexapetala Hook. ex Urb.
Grias mexiana R.Knuth
Grias tetrapetala (Aubl.) Nied.
Gustavia angusta J.F.Gmel.
Gustavia antillana Miers
Gustavia brasiliensis E.Morren
Gustavia calycaris (O.Berg) Miers
Gustavia insignis Linden ex Hook.
Gustavia laciniosa Miers
Gustavia marcgraaviana Miers
Gustavia meizocarpa Gaertn.
Gustavia membrillo Appun
Gustavia mexiana R.Knuth
Gustavia poeppigiana rigida O.Berg
Gustavia tetrapetala (Aubl.) DC.
Gustavia tetrapetala (Aubl.) Stokes
Gustavia theophrasta Linden
Gustavia urceolata Poit.
Japarandiba antillana (Miers) Nied.
Japarandiba augusta (L.) Kuntze
Japarandiba marcgraaviana (Miers) Nied.
Pirigara tetrapetala Aubl.
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: Dick Culbert
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Gustavia augusta is an evergreen tree with a small, pyramid-shaped crown; it can grow 6 - 10 metres tall. The short, usually crooked bole can be 20 - 30cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood. A very ornamental small tree, valued particularly for its delicate, fragrant flowers, it is used in landscaping in parts of Brazil.
S. America - northern Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas.
An understorey tree in the rainforest, favouring loamy, rocky or sandy soils. Usually found in areas not subject to inundation, but grows taller in areas where there is seasonal inundation. Mainly in the primary forest, occasionally in open areas[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Grows best in the shade of other trees[
A slow-growing tree, barely reaching a height of 1.5 metres after 2 years[
Plants can flower all year round[
The inner bark is mixed with kaolin in cold water to make a remedy for treating vomiting in infants[
The young leaves can be used like the bark, mixed with kaolin in cold water to make a remedy for treating vomiting in infants[
The stem-bark, leaves or fruit are used in a plaster to treat leishmaniasis[
The wood is moderately heavy, hard, moderately durable when protected from the elements. It has a foul smell when freshly harvested. It is useful for building construction and joinery[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in individual containers. A germination rate in excess of 80% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 40 - 60 days[
]. The seedlings should be ready to plant out 8 - 9 months later[
The seeds have a viability in excess of 3 months in storage[
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