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Polyscias kikuyuensis

Species Information                       

 

 

Species name               

Polyscias kikuyuensis

Common name(s)         

mutati (KIK)

Family

Araliaceae

Natural range

Kenya

Description      

 

 

Deciduous/evergreen

Evergreen

Size

Large, spreading up to 25 m

Stem

Very straight, branching at year 3-7

Bark

Grey or light brown, smooth, with shallow vertical fissures

Leaves

Compound, reddish when young, turning green with age

Flowers

Paniculate

Fruits

Small, almost circular (4 mm), laterally compressed, grey-green

Seeds

Dried fruit is sown
Uses Light, pale, strong timber for beehives and food containers

Seed collection

 

 

Time of year

Aug-Sept

Post harvest handling

Sown when fresh but little information is available on storage

Long term storage

Not known
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

Expected success rate

50-70%

Establishment

 

 

Age/height to plant out  

9 months/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

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