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Afrocarpus falcatus

Species Information                       

 

 

Species name               

Afrocarpus falcatus

Common name(s)         

muthengera; Yellowwood (English)

Family

Podocarpaceae

Natural range

Malawi; Mozambique; South Africa; Swaziland

Description      

 

 

Deciduous/evergreen

Evergreen

Size

Up to 36 m

Stem

Straight

Bark

Grey to dark brown

Leaves

Narrow, shiny, dark green, falcate

Flowers

Male and female catkins

Fruits

Grey to yellow green female cones

Seeds

Globose or ellipsoid

Uses

Furniture, building, floors but timber needs seasoning to prevent warping

Seed collection

 

 

Post harvest handling

Crack the seed coat and soak

Long term storage

Up to 2 years
Propagation

 

 

Method

Seed

Soil media

1:1:1 peat, sand, perlite; otherwise easy in soil

Pretreatment

Crack the seed coat and soak

Depth sown

3 cm

Environment

Greenhouse 22-25C / under shade in ambient conditions 17-20C

Dark/light conditions

Not known

Expected success rate

80%

Establishment

 

 

Age/height to plant out  

1 year

Soil

Basalt derived acid soil or forest soil; others unknown

Aftercare requirements

Plant in early main rains

Expected growth rate

V slow but hardy if established

Expected survival rate

70%

PlantSearch link

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This information was provided by Brackenhurst Botanic Garden, Kenya. For further information, or to
buy seeds or seedlings of this species, please contact: mjlni@yahoo.com Tel: +254 729 638 738