Japarandiba speciosa (Kunth) Kuntze
Pirigara speciosa Kunth
Gustavia speciosa is an evergreen tree with a wide, dense crown; it can grow 12 - 20 metres tall. The cylindrical bole can be 30 - 40cm in diameter[
The tree is commonly harvested from the wild for its edible fruit, and is also sometimes harvested for its wood. It is cultivated in Colombia as a fruit crop and is also sometimes grown as an ornamental[
S. America - Ecuador, Colombia.
A subcanopy tree in the Amazon rainforest, in both the dense, primary forest and also in areas of advanced secondary growth; usually in areas subject to seasonal inundation[
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Succeeds in full sun to quite heavy, dappled shade[
Young plants have a moderate rate of growth[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. The globose, yellow-green fruit is around 8cm in diameter with a fleshy, yellow pulp surrounding 1 - 4 seeds[
]. Eating the fruit can cause the body of the eater to turn yellow, and, after it remains 24 or 48 hours nothing can erase the colour[
The wood is medium-textured, straight-grained, moderately heavy, hard to cut, slightly susceptible to the attacks of wood-eating insects. It is used as beams and scantlings in general construction[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of more than 50% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 20 - 35 days[
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