Fagara spruce (Engl.) Engl.
Fagara weberbaueri K. Krause
Zanthoxylum annulatum Rusby
Zanthoxylum cardenasii Rusby
Zanthoxylum weberbaueri (K. Krause) J.F. Macbr.
Fruiting branch, with some fruits splitting to release the seed.
Photograph by: A. Fuentes
Zanthoxylum sprucei is a tree with a spreading crown growing around 12 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole is armed with stout spines and can be unbranched for up to 4.5 metres[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for its wood.
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador.
Sandy or dry medium loams, in scant or fairly dense forest growth at elevations from 150 - 420 metres in Peru[
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A plant of the tropics, where it is found at elevations from 100 metres to over 1,000 metres.
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if seed is required.
The wood is creamy yellow or pale white throughout with extensive greyish areas and brown striping caused by stain. It has no distinctive odour or taste; is straight-grained; medium-textured; fairly light or moderately heavy; easy to cut, takes a moderately smooth, dull finish, and holds its place well[
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