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Khaya anthotheca

Species Information                       

 

 

Species name               

Khaya anthotheca

Common name(s)         

African "Mahogany" (English)

Family

Meliaceae

Natural range

Angola; Cameroon; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana; Liberia; Malawi; Mozambique; Nigeria; Sierra Leone; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe

Description      

 

 

Deciduous/evergreen

Semi-deciduous, very long and clear bole with high crown

Size

Up to 60 m

Stem

Usually straight

Bark

Grey and smooth with shield-likeleaf scars

Leaves

Pinnate, clustered at branch end; pink when young

Flowers

Cream-white, fragrant, small in heads

Fruits

Dry capsule, grey-brown breaking into 4-5 sections

Seeds

Flat, winged, chocolate brown

Uses

High quality timber, shade

Seed collection

 

 

Post harvest handling

Sow fresh undamaged seed

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

50-70%

Establishment

 

 

Age/height to plant out  

1-2 years

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