Aruba alba Nees & Mart.
Raputia alba (Nees & Mart.) Engl.
Common Name: Arapoca
Arapoca is an evergreen tree with an irregular crown growing from 4 - 10 metres tall[
]. The bole is crooked, usually branching from quite low down.
The bark of the tree is often harvested from the wild for local medicinal use. The timber is of good quality and is also used locally. The tree has ornamental properties and can be planted in urban areas where its small size makes it suitable as a street tree in narrow streets and under power lines.
The bark is used to stupefy fish[
S. America - eastern Brazil.
Dense primary forests[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Succeeds in full sun or some shade[
Young plants grow quite slowly[
The bitter bark is excitant and febrifuge[
The wood is heavy; hard to cut; of medium texture; straight-grained; more or less uniform; of medium resistance; good durability, even when exposed to the elements[
]. It is recommended for use in water, for fence posts, railway ties, stakes, lathe work, fine cabinet making etc[
Seed - best sown as soon as ripe in a semi-shaded position in a nursery seedbed[
]. Usually, more than 50% of the seed will germinate in 50 - 70 days[
]. Pot up to individual containers when the seedlings are 5 - 6cm tall and plant out about 7 - 8 months later[
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