Mauria obtusa Benth.
Tapirira marchandii Engl.
Tapirira pao-pombo major Marchand
Tapirira peckoltiana Engl.
Tapirira obtusa is an evergreen tree with a rounded crown; it can grow 8 - 12 metres tall. The short bole can be 40 - 60cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood. An ornamental tree that provides good shade, it is often grown in gardens, as a street tree etc[
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, the Guyanas.
Forests, especially in well-developed secondary formations, and usually in moister areas such as along the sides of rivers and creeks, at the foot of slopes etc[
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Grows best in a sunny position[
A moderately fast-growing tree, able to reach a height of around 2.5 metres within 2 years from seed[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
The fruit is a dark purple, ellipsoid drupe 10 - 15mm long with a sweet, juicy pulp[
The fruits are used as a treatment for ulcers[
The wood is light in weight, soft, moderately durable in contact with the soil and easy to work with. It is used in ship building, cabinet making, for light wooden crates and boxes, general carpentry etc[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A high germination rate can usually be expected, with the seed sprouting within 15 - 30 days[
]. When the seedlings are 4 - 6cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out when 30cm tall[
The seed has a short viability of around 60 days[
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