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Neoboutonia macrocalyx

Species Information                       

 

 

Species name               

Neoboutonia macrocalyx

Common name(s)         

mutundu (KIK)

Family

Euphorbiaceae

Natural range

Burundi; Cameroon; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Kenya; Malawi; Rwanda; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe

Description      

 

 

Deciduous/evergreen

Evergreen

Size

Up to 25 m

Bark

Smooth; grey brown

Leaves

Broadly ovate to 35 cm across

Flowers

Yellow-green inflorescence

Fruits

Three lobed

Seeds

Small, ovoid silver grey-black to 4 mm

Uses

Excellent pioneer in secondary forest; much eaten by insects; firewood, timber perishable

Seed collection

 

 

Time of year

Thought to be best collected in January

Post harvest handling

Sow within 2 months

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

90%

Establishment

 

 

Age/height to plant out  

9 months / when reached 0.2 m

Shade requirements

Plant in full sun

Soil

Basalt derived acid soil or forest soil; others unknown

Aftercare requirements

Plant in early main rains

Expected growth rate

Very fast >1m/yr

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