44 - FRUTA DO POMBO
Erythroxylum sp. (ERYTHROXYLACEAE)
44- Fruta-do-pombo - Erythroxylum sp. (ERYTHROXYLACEAE)
Distribution: Occurs in the South, Southeast and Midwest of the country.
Situation in São Paulo: Rare in the city, but I have already found in more preserved vacant lots.
How to plant: Plant with difficult germination. Better to sow, with fertile soil, half-light and constant humidity, using pulped seeds immediately. They are not seeds that tolerate storage, losing viability.
Uses: Ornamental plant, especially when fruiting, when its small reddish fruits stand out. Its fruits are avidly consumed by birds, being a good way to have birds around, which will do the job of dispersing seeds around. Cocaine is extracted from a related species.
MENDONÇA, JA AMARAL-JUNIOR, A .. ERYTHROXYLACEAE IN: WANDERLEY, MGL ET AL (EDS.) FLORA FANEROGÂMICA DE SÃO PAULO STATE. INSTITUTE OF BOTANICS, SÃO PAULO, VOL. 2, PP: 107-120, 2002.