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Ocotea usambarensis

Species Information                       

 

 

Species name               

Ocotea usambarensis

Common name(s)         

muthaiti, musili (KIK); East African Camphor (English)

Family

Lauraceae

Natural range

Uganda; Kenya; Tanzania, United Republic of; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Malawi; Zambia

Description      

 

 

Deciduous/evergreen

Evergreen, very long and clear bole with high crown

Size

Up to 50 m

Stem

Massive when old

Bark

Reddish grey-brown, granular

Leaves

Sub-opposite, margin inrolled and wavy, discolorous, glaucous underneath

Flowers

Greenish panicles

Fruits

Ovoid drupe in a cup

Seeds

Surrounded by pulp

Uses

One of the best East African timbers

Seed collection

 

 

Post harvest handling

Sow fresh

Long term storage

Recalcitrant
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

Needs 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

20%

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