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Chrysophyllum gorungosanum

Species Information                       

 

 

Species name               

Chrysophyllum gorungosanum

Common name(s)         

muthenia/ mwagao (KIK)

Family

Sapotaceae

Natural range

Angola; Burundi; Cameroon; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Gabon; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Rwanda; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe

Description      

 

 

Deciduous/evergreen

Evergreen, very rounded

Size

Up to 40 m

Stem

Usually straight

Bark

Pale grey-brown, smooth or lightly grooved; latex if cut

Leaves

Stiff, narrow to 20 cm, silvery-brown underneath

Flowers

Cream-green very small

Fruits

Oval to 4 cm with 3 -5 seeds per fruit

Seeds

Large, black, flattened to 3 cm with large white scar containing edible oil

Uses

Sometimes used as a shade tree

Seed collection

 

 

Time of year

Thought to be best collected between November and December

Post harvest handling

Sow fresh

Long term storage

Thought to be recalcitrant
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

50-70%

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