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Guettarda pohliana "Brazilian Velvet"

Guettarda pohliana "Brazilian Velvet"

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Guettarda pohliana "Brazilian Velvet" Seeds

Guettarda pohliana is a fascinating plant species found in various regions of Brazil. It belongs to the Rubiaceae family and is commonly known as "Pohliana" or "Brazilian Velvet." This species is notable for its distinctive characteristics and ecological significance.

Guettarda pohliana is a small to medium-sized tree, typically reaching heights of about 5 to 10 meters. It features glossy, dark green leaves with prominent veins, giving the foliage a lush and vibrant appearance. The tree produces clusters of beautiful white flowers with tubular shapes and a pleasant fragrance, attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies.

One of the most remarkable features of Guettarda pohliana is its fruit. The fruit is small, rounded, and covered in fine, velvety hairs, hence the common name "Brazilian Velvet." The fruit starts off green and transitions to a deep purple/maroon or black when fully ripe. It is known for its edible qualities, with a sweet and juicy pulp that is enjoyed by both humans and wildlife.

Guettarda pohliana plays an important ecological role as it serves as a host plant for several butterfly species, contributing to pollination and biodiversity in its habitat. Its fruits are also a valuable food source for birds and other animals.

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