This name is not universally accepted. We are following the treatment in the 2012 on-line 'Flora do Brasil', but other treatments place it as a synonym of Schinus weinmannifolius Engl.[
Male (top) and female (below) flowers
Photograph by: Andrés González
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Schinus lentiscifolia is a deciduous shrub growing 1 - 3 metres tall, or becoming more tree-like with a widely pyramidal crown; it can grow 5 - 8 metres tall. The more or less crooked bole can be 20 - 40cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood. It can be used as a pioneer when restoring native woodland.
S. America - Argentina, Uruguay, southern and central Brazil.
Along the edges of dense forests and in grassland; favouring well-drained, shallow or rocky soils, at moderate to higher elevations[
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Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Often found in the wild on poor, shallow, well-drained rocky soils[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
Plants are slow-growing, even when young[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
The leaves are antirheumatic and depurative[
Although slow-growing, this is a natural pioneer species and can be used in reforestation projects for restoring native woodland within its natural range[
The wood is very heavy, very hard, extremely resistant to insect attack even when exposed to the elements. It is very difficult to saw and, because of its usually small size, is only used for fuel[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of around 35% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 20 - 30 days[
]. The seedlings should be ready to plant out 9 - 10 months later[
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