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Lacunaria jenmanii - (Oliv.) Ducke

Common Name Moela de mutum
Family Ochnaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Humid upland rainforests in primary and secondary formations[625 ].
Range S. America - Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas.
Edibility Rating    (4 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Tender Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Lacunaria jenmanii Moela de mutum

Lacunaria jenmanii Moela de mutum
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Moela de Mutum, Lacunaria jenmanii, is an evergreen tree with an elongated crown. It grows about 4 -18 m in height and 20 - 30 cm in trunk diameter. It is commonly found in South America specifically in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, and the Guyanas. It is slow-growing and a dioecious species. The bark is thick, rough, and dark gray. The branches and flowers have rusty red hairs. The leaves are sword-shaped and in rings. The sub-globose fruit is edible, with a succulent and sweet pulp. The wood is used for small items such as tool handles. The plant is grown from seeds.

Physical Characteristics

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Lacunaria jenmanii is an evergreen Tree growing to 10 m (32ft) by 8 m (26ft) at a slow rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), 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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Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw[625 ]. The thick-skinned fruit has a succulent, sweet pulp with a delicious flavour[625 ]. The subglobose fruit is about 7cm in diameter[625 ].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Fuel  Wood

Other Uses The wood is coarse-textured, irregular-grained, heavy, slightly susceptible to wood eating organisms, easy to cut. It is only used for small items such as tool handles[625 ]. The wood is used for fuel[625 ].

Special Uses

Food Forest

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in sunny positions and in shade[625 ]. A slow-growing tree[625 ]. A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[625 ].

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Seed - it has a short viability and should be sown as fresh as possible in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. Germination rates are generally low, with the seed sprouting in 40 - 60 days[625 ].

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Moela de mutum

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Brazil, Ecuador, Guiana, Guyana, Peru, South America, Suriname, Venezuela,

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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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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