Aspidosperma polyneuron

Where is this tree found?

Aspidosperma polyeuron, known locally as ‘Peroba rosa’, is a tropical tree that is distributed throughout several South American countries – Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela. Despite this wide range, Brazilian subpopulations are largely eroded as a result of logging for its timber and habitat loss. In Brazil, this species is found in the Atlantic forests and transition into Cerrado. Cerrado, meaning closed, is a vast ecosystem covering 20% of Brazil and is comprised of savanna wooded grasslands. This ecosystem is extremely rich in biodiversity, however it is being destroyed at a faster rate than it’s more famous rainforest neighbour.

 

 

Why save this tree?

Despite the wide range of this tree, its populations continue to decline as a result of logging and increased fragmentation of the population. This species is over-exploited due to its versatile and highly valued timber. If the use of this timber were managed in a more sustainable way then it would make a good native alternative to teak, providing a sustainable income for local communities and greater protection for native habitats.

 

How to save this species

Firstly, field surveys and studies will be carried out to discover the true extent of remaining populations in Brazil and to study the reproductive biology of this tree species. Following this, seed will be collected and 2,500 individuals will be propagated and incorporated into in situ habitat restoration projects. These plantings will then be monitored to ensure their successful progress. Local communities will be educated to increase awareness of the environmental importance of this species and general deforestation in Brazil.

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Field surveys

Field surveys will be conducted to inventory remaining individuals and studies will investigate the reproductive biology of this species

Seed collection

Seeds of this species will be collected and propagated in a nursery

In situ planting

This species will be incorporated into habitat restoration programmes and planted in situ

Monitoring

In situ plantings will be monitored for progress

Training

Local habitat restoration professionals will be trained

Education and outreach programme

Local communities will be educated about the environment and protecting threatened species

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