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Maesopsis eminii

Species Information                       

 

 

Species name               

Maesopsis eminii

Common name(s)         

mutere (LUH)

Family

Rhamnaceae

Natural range

Sao Tomé and Principe; Guinea; Sierra Leone; Liberia; Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana; Benin; Togo; Nigeria; Cameroon; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Burundi; Rwanda; Angola; Zambia; Tanzania, United Republic of; Kenya; Uganda; Central African Republic; South Sudan

Description      

 

 

Deciduous/evergreen

Evergreen

Size

40 m

Stem

Straight

Bark

Pale grey with breathing pores

Leaves

Elliptic, alternate, margin glandular-toothed

Flowers

Small green

Fruits

Oval, fleshy yellow to 3 cm with two hard seeds

Seeds

Hard

Uses

Timber but rots quickly; can be invasive (Usambaras)

Seed collection

 

 

Post harvest handling

Sow fresh

Long term storage

Up to 5 months
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

 

 

Age/height to plant out  

2 years / when reached 1.5 m where browsing likely

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

Fast

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