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Albizia gummifera

Species Information                       

 

 

Species name               

Albizia gummifera

Common name(s)         

mukurwe (KIK)

Family

Leguminosae

Natural range

Nigeria; Cameroon; Gabon; Central African Republic; Congo; Angola; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Ethiopia; South Sudan; Kenya; Uganda; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia; Zimbabwe; Mozambique; Burundi; Rwanda

Description      

 

 

Deciduous/evergreen

Evergreen

Size

Large, spreading to 35 m

Stem

Umbrella shaped crown

Bark

Smooth grey

Leaves

Twice compound

Flowers

White, showy

Fruits

Glossy brown

Seeds

Flattened, hard, 5-12 per pod

Uses

Timber, medicinal, ornamental; leaves used to ripen bananas

Seed collection

 

 

Post harvest handling

Collect off tree where possible to reduce insect damage

Long term storage

Good if dried for a year
Propagation

 

 

Method

Seed

Soil media

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

Pretreatment

Sow fresh but soak or nick stored seed

Depth sown

3 cm

Environment

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

Dark/light conditions

Not known

Expected success rate

80% after 10 days

Establishment

 

 

Age/height to plant out  

1 year / when reached 0.2 m

Shade requirements

Plant in full sun or shade

Soil

Basalt derived acid soil or forest soil; others unknown

Aftercare requirements

Plant in early main rains

Expected growth rate

Medium

Expected survival rate

60%

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