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Cassine buchananii

Species Information                       

 

 

Species name               

Cassine buchananii

Common name(s)         

mutanga (KIK)

Family

Celastraceae

Natural range

Angola; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Ethiopia; Ghana; Kenya; Malawi; Nigeria; Rwanda; Sierra Leone; Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe

Description      

 

 

Deciduous/evergreen

Evergreen, very rounded

Size

Up to 25 m

Bark

Dark grey smooth

Leaves

Stiff, glandular-crenate margin

Flowers

Cream-green, dioecious

Fruits

Ellipsoid 13-20 mm

Seeds

Large

Uses

Poisonous; often covered in cobwebs, wood fine, hard and durable

Seed collection

 

 

Post harvest handling

Sow fresh

Long term storage

Unknown
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

Dark/light conditions

Not known

Expected success rate

20%

Establishment

 

 

Shade requirements

Plant in shade

Soil

Basalt derived acid soil or forest soil; others unknown

Aftercare requirements

Plant in early main rains

Expected growth rate

Medium to slow

Expected survival rate

50%

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