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Vachellia xanthophloea

Species Information                       

 

 

Species name               

Vachellia xanthophloea

Common name(s)         

Naivasha Thorn (English), Fever Tree (English)

Family

Leguminosae

Natural range

South Africa; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Somalia; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zimbabwe

Description      

 

 

Deciduous/evergreen

Evergreen

Size

Up to 25 m

Stem

Usually straight

Bark

Distinctly yellow green; powdery

Leaves

White or purplish heads

Flowers

Cream-green very small

Fruits

Straight or slightly curved

Seeds

Hard; 10 per fruit pod

Uses

Gum edible; medicinal

Seed collection

 

 

Post harvest handling

Sow fresh

Long term storage

Good
Propagation

 

 

Method

Seed

Soil media

1:1:1 peat, sand, perlite; otherwise easy in soil

Pretreatment

Soak in boiled water for 24 h

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  

2 years / when reached 1.5m where browsing likely

Shade requirements

Plant in full sun or shade when above browsing height

Soil

Basalt derived acid soil or forest soil; others unknown

Aftercare requirements

Plant in early main rains

Expected growth rate

Fast when not browsed

Expected survival rate

60%

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