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Clarisia racemosa - Ruiz & Pav.

Common Name Tulpay, Murur
Family Moraceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats A canopy tree in the rainforest, favouring clayey soils in areas not subject to inundation[ 341 , 625 ].
Range S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Costa Rica, Nicaragua
Edibility Rating    (1 of 5)
Other Uses    (4 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Tender Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Clarisia racemosa Tulpay, Murur

Clarisia racemosa Tulpay, Murur


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Clarisia racemosa is a semideciduous, tropical, dioecious tree of about 40 m tall that usually grows in upland rainforests. It has oval or pear shaped fruits that are yellow, orange, or red in colour. The bark peels off revealing orange. The fleshy fruit stalk is edible. The crown is large, round and dense. The tree is harvested from the wild for its high quality timber that used for various purposes. The wood is moderately heavy, moderately hard, but very durable and very resistant to dry wood borers and termites.

Physical Characteristics

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Clarisia racemosa is a deciduous Tree growing to 25 m (82ft) by 20 m (65ft) at a medium rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 10. The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Clarisia nitida (Allem?o) J.F.Macbr. Olmedia erythrorhiza Huber ex Ducke Soaresia nitida Allem?o Sor

Plant Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

The fruit stalk is fleshy and edible.

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Furniture  Wood

The tree yields a valuable timber and so is commonly harvested from the wild. The heartwood is bright yellow, becoming brown or russet, but retaining a golden lustre upon exposure; it is sharply demarcated from the 2 - 5cm wide band of white sapwood. The texture is medium to coarse; the grain variable, often decidedly roey with an attractive figure; dry specimens are without distinctive odour or taste. The wood is moderately heavy, moderately hard; very durable, but not if in contact with the soil, being very resistant to attacks by dry wood borers and termites. It seasons normally, with only a slight risk of checking or distortion; once dry it is moderately stable to stable in service. It is easy to work, though has a high blunting effect so stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools are recommended; it is rated fair to good in all machining operations; cross-grained material requires sharp tools to produce a smooth surface; fresh wood saws woolly; it does not take nails and screws well; glues and stains satisfactorily. A valued timber, it can be used for a wide range of purposes including making high-class furniture, cabinet work, panelling, joinery, tool handles, flooring, general construction and laminates[ 316 , 341 , 625 , 848 ].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Young plants grow best in the dappled shade of the woodland, becoming more light tolerant as they grow larger[ 625 ]. Prefers a clayey soil[ 625 ]. Young trees have a moderate rate of growth[ 625 ]. A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[ 625 ].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in individual containers - placing 2 - 3 seeds in each container. A low germination rate can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 40 - 60 days[ 625 ].

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Clarisia racemosa.Other Names: Bolivia: tulpay, mururŽ. Colombia: caraco, chili, arracacho. Ecuador: I matapalo. Peru: chichillica, guariuba. Brazil: oity.

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Found In

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Found In: Guianas, South America, Suriname, Venezuela.

Weed Potential

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None Known

Conservation Status

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

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.


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