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Kigelia africana

Species Information                       

 

 

Species name               

Kigelia africana

Common name(s)         

muratina (KIK)

Family

Bignoniaceae

Natural range

Kenya; Gabon; Rwanda; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; South Africa; Swaziland; Sudan; South Sudan; Botswana; Namibia; Tanzania, United Republic of; Congo; Ethiopia; Eritrea; Zimbabwe; Zambia; Malawi; Angola; Equatorial Guinea; Uganda; Chad; Guinea; Burkina Faso; Sierra Leone; Gambia; Senegal; Nigeria; Mozambique; Cameroon; Côte d'Ivoire; Somalia; Mali; Liberia; Ghana; Central African Republic; Burundi; Niger; Benin; Togo

Description      

 

 

Deciduous/evergreen

Deciduous

Size

Up to 15 m

Stem

Usually straight

Bark

Pale grey-brown

Leaves

Compound imparipinnate; often in threes; 7-13 leaflets

Flowers

On long ropelike stalks; flowers reddish orange or yellow

Fruits

Unmistakable 'sausages' to 90 cm; unripe fruit poisonous

Seeds

Hundreds or thousands per fruit

Uses

Firewood, charcoal, bee forage, beer, cosmetics

Seed collection

 

 

Post harvest handling

Sow fresh

Long term storage

Poor
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

10%

Establishment

 

 

Age/height to plant out  

1 year

Shade requirements

None

Soil

Basalt derived acid soil or forest soil; others unknown

Aftercare requirements

Plant in early main rains

Expected growth rate

Medium

Expected survival rate

80%

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