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Mimusops kummel

Species Information                       

 

 

Species name               

Mimusops kummel

Common name(s)         

mugambwa/ mugunachano (KIK)

Family

Sapotaceae

Natural range

Malawi; Liberia; Benin; Mali; Ghana; Guinea; Côte d'Ivoire; Nigeria; Togo; Central African Republic; Cameroon; Eritrea; Ethiopia; South Sudan; Kenya; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda; Burkina Faso

Description      

 

 

Deciduous/evergreen

Evergreen, very long and clear bole with high crown

Size

Up to 40 m

Stem

Usually straight

Bark

Dark grey-brown, deeply grooved

Leaves

Cream-white, fragrant 1-4 in leaf axil

Flowers

Orange drupe to 2 cm,pointed, edible

Fruits

Hard, green, beaked

Seeds

One brown seed per fruit

Uses

Timber hard for tool handles, dhows

Seed collection

 

 

Time of year

The best time of year to collect seeds is thought to be between November and December

Post harvest handling

Sow fresh
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

30-50%

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