Eugenia multicostata "Octocostata" Seeds
Beautiful tree highlighted by its intensely red-orange trunk, similar to the well-known brazilwood (Paubrasilia echinata), as can be seen in the first photo. It is closely related to Eugenia multicostata / sapiranga (see corresponding sheet), of which some botanists consider it a subspecies. Its fruits are distinguished from those of sapiranga for having only 8 ribs, and for being lighter (yellow-green instead of red); are considered equally tasty.
Uses: The fruit can be eaten raw, but its pulp is not very moist and its flavor is similar to guava peel, and can be better used in the form of sweets. The tree is very ornamental, and can be used as a highlight in large gardens, or in the arborization of wide avenues.
Cultivation: It does well in subtropical and tropical climates, in full sun and partial shade, respectively. It has a predilection for deep, well-drained soils, but with good availability of atmospheric moisture. Reacts well to balanced fertilization.
Origin: Atlantic Forest, in the coastal strip between the north of Santa Catarina and the south of Paraná, at low altitudes.
Observations: It is still little known in cultivation, it deserves more publicity.