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Ocotea kenyensis

Species Information                       

 

 

Species name               

Ocotea kenyensis

Common name(s)         

muhuta, muikoni (KIK)

Family

Lauraceae

Natural range

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Ethiopia; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Rwanda; South Africa; South Sudan; Sudan; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda; Zimbabwe

Description      

 

 

Deciduous/evergreen

Evergreen

Size

Up to 30 m

Stem

Usually straight

Bark

Dark grey-brown with rectangular flakes

Leaves

Margin wavy, ovate

Flowers

Cream, male, female or bisexual

Fruits

Resemble acorns and sit in a cup

Seeds

Acorn-like to 20mm

Uses

Good timber

Seed collection

 

 

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

80%

Establishment

 

 

Age/height to plant out  

1 year

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

Medium

Expected survival rate

70%

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