Pourouma edulis Dufr.
Pourouma multifida Trécul
Pourouma sapida P.Karst.
Pourouma uvifera Rusby
Common Name: Amazon Grape
Looking up the trunk into the crown
Photograph by: Ictoon
Amazon grape is an evergreen tree with a low, dense crown[
]. It can grow up to 20 metres tall, but is often smaller, and has a straight bole 20 - 30cm in diameter[
The edible fruit is greatly appreciated within the plants native range, where the fruit is often gathered from the wild[
]. The tree is also cultivated in the Amazon basin[
], and has been recommended as a home-garden crop throughout the humid tropics[
S. America - Western Amazon in Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador.
Rainforests, in areas that do not usually become inundated[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
A tree of the hot, humid, tropical lowlands, where it is found at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
]. It is not tolerant of frost[
Succeeds in full sun or dappled shade[
]. Found in the wild on fertile, clayey soils[
A relatively fast-growing plant, it can commence fruiting when three years old[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seeds are required.
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. The purple, grape-like fruits are up to 4cm in diameter, with a large seed and a sweet, juicy, white pulp that has the flavour of a grape[
]. They can be made into wine, jams and jellies[
]. The fruits are produced in clusters[
The warmed bark is used as a poultice for treating hard boils[
The wood is light, soft and easy to work[
]. It has a thick texture, poor mechanical properties and is not very durable[
]. It is used for linings, boxes, toys and plywood[
]. It is also pulped for cellulose[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a seedbed in a sunny position[
]. Less than 50% of the seeds usually germinate, normally within 3 - 5 weeks[
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