Tree growing in badly degraded native habitat
Photograph by: Jorge Vallmitjana
Styrax leprosus is an evergreen shrub or small tree with a dense, conical crown; it can grow from 4 - 8 metres tall[
], with specimens in Argentina to 15 metres. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 20 - 35cm in diameter[
], to 40cm in Argentina.
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for its timber, which is used locally.
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, southeast Brazil.
Seasonal, deciduous forest, found preferentially in the understorey of Araucaria forests[
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Prefers a sunny position[
Newly planted young trees grow away quickly[
The fruit has a succulent, sweetish pulp[
]. This report does not say that the fruit is edible[
A fast-growing, natural pioneer species in its native environment[
The white wood is of coarse texture, straight-grained, light, very pliable, easily worked. It has low resistance to wood-eating organisms and is used for carpentry, internal applications, box making and as a source of pulp for paper making[
Seed - it does not require pre-treatment. It should preferably be sown as soon as it is ripe in a lightly shaded position in a nursery seedbed[
]. Germination rates in excess of 80% can be expected, with the seed sprouting in 15 - 30 days[
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