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Esenbeckia leiocarpa - Engl.

Common Name Brazilian Boxwood, Guaranta
Family Rutaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Broadleaved, semideciduous forests, found only in dense, primary formations[ 419 ].
Range S. America - eastern and central Brazil.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Tender Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade
Esenbeckia leiocarpa Brazilian Boxwood, Guaranta


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Summary

Esenbeckia leiocarpa is a flowering plant belonging in the Rutaceae family that is native to Brazil. It is deciduous with a dense, rounded crown. It grows up to 30 m tall with bole diameter of 40 cm. Due to its heavy and decay-resistant wood, it has been considered as ?vulnerable? in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.


Physical Characteristics

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Esenbeckia leiocarpa is an evergreen Tree growing to 25 m (82ft) by 20 m (65ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

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Habitats

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Other Uses: The wood is a uniform yellow with golden streaks. It is heavy, hard, compact, splits easily and is durable even when exposed. An excellent wood for external purposes, being used for piles in wet soils, poles, railway sleepers, posts, walking boards, stays, bridge beams, door and window frames, parquet flooring, tool handles etc[ 419 , 549 ].

Cultivation details

Intolerant of a position in full sun[ 419 ]. Trees have a moderate rate of growth, able to reach a height of 2 metres within 2 years from seed[ 419 ].

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate in excess of 60% can usually be expected, with the seed sprouting within 15 - 25[ 419 ]. When the seedlings are 4 - 6cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out 8 - 10 months later[ 419 ].

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Found In

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Brazil

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : Status: Vulnerable A1cd

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