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Millettia dura

Species Information                       

 

 

Species name               

Millettia dura

Common name(s)         

mubatia, muhatia (KIK)

Family

Leguminosae

Natural range

Uganda; Kenya; Tanzania, United Republic of; Rwanda; Burundi

Description      

 

 

Deciduous/evergreen

Evergreen

Size

Up to 15 m

Stem

Usually straight

Bark

Light grey, scaly

Leaves

Compound, paripinnate 5-12 prs, young leaves with orage-brown hairs

Flowers

Mauve sprays to 20 cm often on bare tree

Fruits

Thick flat pods 25 x 2 cm; splitting explosively

Seeds

Round, light brown

Uses

Charcoal, firewood, poles, fodder, mulch; wood tough and termite resistant

Seed collection

 

 

Time of year

Not known

Post harvest handling

Sow fresh

Long term storage

Good
Propagation

 

 

Method

Seed

Soil media

1:1:1 peat, sand, perlite; otherwise easy in soil

Pretreatment

Soak in cold water for 6 hours

Depth sown

3 cm

Environment

Greenhouse 22-25C / under shade in ambient conditions 17-20C

Dark/light conditions

Not known

Expected success rate

90%

Establishment

 

 

Age/height to plant out  

1 year / when reached 0.2 m

Shade requirements

Plant in full sun or shade

Soil

Basalt derived acid soil or forest soil; others unknown

Aftercare requirements

Plant in early main rains

Expected growth rate

Fast growing

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