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Bridelia micrantha

Species Information                       

 

 

Species name               

Bridelia micrantha

Common name(s)         

mukoigoi (KIK)

Family

Phyllanthaceae

Natural range

Côte d'Ivoire; Burkina Faso; Central African Republic; Burundi; Togo; Sierra Leone; Senegal; Nigeria; Equatorial Guinea; Liberia; Gabon; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Ghana; Gambia; Benin; Chad; Réunion; Mali; Uganda; South Africa; Swaziland; Zimbabwe; Zambia; Mozambique; Cameroon; Angola; Congo; Tanzania, United Republic of; Kenya; Sudan; Ethiopia; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Rwanda; Sao Tomé and Principe; Malawi; South Sudan

Description      

 

 

Deciduous/evergreen

Evergreen

Size

Large, spreading up to 20 m

Stem

Usually straight, can be multi-stemmed

Bark

Grey or very dark; woody pseudo-thorns

Leaves

Simple, elliptic, alternate, shiny green above

Flowers

Small yellow in axillary clusters, dioecious

Fruits

Soft, purple-back edible

Seeds

Prolific

Uses

Useful shade tree; wood resistant to termites; heavily browsed by antelope and other animals

Seed collection

 

 

Post harvest handling

Sow fresh

Long term storage

Not known
Propagation

 

 

Method

Seed

Soil media

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

Pretreatment

None

Depth sown

3 cm

Environment

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

Expected success rate

50-70%

Establishment

 

 

Age/height to plant out  

2 years / when reached 1.5 m where browsing likely

Shade requirements

Plant in full sun or shade when above browsing height

Soil

Basalt derived acid soil or forest soil; others unknown

Aftercare requirements

Plant in early main rains

Expected growth rate

Fast when not browsed

Expected survival rate

0-5% if planted out small when antelope present; 80% if planted tall

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