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Vitex keniensis

Species Information                       

 

 

Species name               

Vitex keniensis

Common name(s)         

muuru (MER); Meru oak (English)

Family

Lamiaceae

Natural range

Kenya

Description      

 

 

Deciduous/evergreen

Deciduous

Size

Up to 40 m

Stem

Straight

Bark

Grey

Leaves

Compound, digitate with five leaflets

Flowers

White or purplish

Fruits

Purple-black edible to 12 mm

Seeds

Large, one per fruit

Uses

Excellent timber

Seed collection

 

 

Post harvest handling

Dry seed and shake out tiny seeds

Long term storage

Unknown
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 shade

Soil

Basalt derived acid soil or forest soil; others unknown

Protection requirements

Do not plant near buildings

Aftercare requirements

Plant in early main rains

Expected growth rate

Fast

Expected survival rate

90%

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