Pourouma cecropiifolia - Mart.
Common Name Amazon Grape
Family Urticaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rainforests, in areas that do not usually become inundated[420 ].
Range S. America - Western Amazon in Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Tender Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

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Pourouma cecropiifolia Amazon Grape

Pourouma cecropiifolia Amazon Grape
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Physical Characteristics
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Pourouma cecropiifolia is an evergreen Tree growing to 15 m (49ft) by 7 m (23ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. Suitable for: medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Pourouma edulis Dufr. Pourouma multifida Tr?cul Pourouma sapida P.Karst. Pourouma uvifera Rusby

Edible Uses
Fruit - raw or cooked[301 ]. The purple, grape-like fruits are up to 4cm in diameter, with a large seed and a sweet, juicy, white pulp that has the flavour of a grape[46 , 301 ]. They can be made into wine, jams and jellies[301 ]. The fruits are produced in clusters[335 ].
Medicinal Uses
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The warmed bark is used as a poultice for treating hard boils[348 ].


Other Uses
Other Uses: The wood is light, soft and easy to work[420 ]. It has a thick texture, poor mechanical properties and is not very durable[420 ]. It is used for linings, boxes, toys and plywood[420 ]. It is also pulped for cellulose[420 ].
Cultivation details
A tree of the hot, humid, tropical lowlands, where it is found at elevations up to 1,000 metres[335 , 420 ]. It is not tolerant of frost[335 ]. Succeeds in full sun or dappled shade[420 ]. Found in the wild on fertile, clayey soils[420 ]. A relatively fast-growing plant, it can commence fruiting when three years old[301 ]. A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seeds are required.
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a seedbed in a sunny position[420 ]. Less than 50% of the seeds usually germinate, normally within 3 - 5 weeks[420 ].
Other Names
Washi shuinia, Mapati, Caimaron, Curcura, Peruma, Uva, Uvula,
Found In
Bolivia, Plurinational State of; Ecuador; Peru; Colombia; Honduras; Brazil; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of, Amazon, Asia, Australia, Pacific, Peru*, Philippines, Puerto Rico, SE Asia, South America.
Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed
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