Cambucazeiro, Plinia edulis (Vell.) Sobral (Myrtaceae), is a fruit tree native to the Atlantic Forest, today extremely rare, with a high risk of extinction. It produces a large, yellow fruit (the cambucá) attached directly to the stem, like jabuticabas, but larger and sweeter. Its fruit was much appreciated and popularly known, but deforestation and urbanization drastically reduced its populations.
This project aims to promote the rescue of the use of cambucá as a valuable plant due to the importance of its ecological and social functions, such as the consumption of its fruit and the use of its leaves and bark as popular medicines. We intend to promote the production and distribution of seedlings, selection of seed trees, increase of natural and cultivated populations in conservation units, agroforestry systems and ecological restoration projets.