POPULAR NAMES: Pindaiva, Pindaíba, Pindauva, Perovana.








INDIGENOUS NAME: Pindaúva comes from the Tupi-Guarani and means "tree of sticks or reeds" referring to either shoots emerge at the base of the stem of which were used by Indians to make their houses.

Origin: Semideciduous forest (which lose their leaves in a time of year) of the Atlantic Forest from Minas Gerais to Rio Grande do Sul. Brazil

Characteristics: Tree of straight trunk, green and corky bark, with dense crown and globe, reachs heights of 8 to 18 m (26 to 60 feet). The leaves are simple, evergreen, with characteristic perfume and apex of the leaf tip is long as the scientific name indicates. The flower has three green sepals and 5 pink petals.

Planted in the site of Frutas Raras: November 2005, flowers and fruits have not occurred yet.

Tips for cultivation: Subtropical plant, resistant to frosts to -3°C (27°F), can be grown throughout the country, at any altitude; adapts to rapid drainage of soil or red clay and rich in organic matter.

Propagation: Seeds are dormant when dry, when once planted, germinate progressively in 40 to 200 days.  The seedlings grow slowly in the first 6 months after germination and prefer shaded environment for forming. The seedlings in fields grow 30 cm (1 foot) per year during the first 2 years after planting, then grow more rapidly. The fruit begins in the age of 5 to 8 years, depending on soil and cultural treatments.

Planting: The seedling can either be planted in full sun or shade as fast-growing pioneer species. Plant in the garden in spaces of 6 x 8 m. Water with 10 l of water per week during the first 2 months.

Cultivating: Make only the formation of crown pruning and remove only the shoots at the base of the trunk of the seedling from 3 years. In the early stages the seedling likes irrigation period that should be done with 10 l of water every 15 days (if no rain) during the first year. The fertilization until the third year should be only with 500 g of organic compost and worked in distributed superficially. From 3 years to fertilize (4 liters) of poultry litter + 50 g of NPK 10-10-10 doubling that amount every year until the 7th year.

Uses: The fruit has whitish aril surrounding the seed, is delicate and smooth taste that resembles a bit the carrot-and are consumed in natura.

Flowering in the site of Frutas Raras: Not observed yet.

Fruiting in the site of Frutas Raras: Not observed yet.



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