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Warburgia ugandensis

Species Information                       

 

 

Species name               

Warburgia ugandensis

Common name(s)         

East african green wood (English), Muharami (Rutooro)

Family

Canellaceae

Natural range

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

Description      

 

 

Deciduous/evergreen

Evergreen

Size

Up to 40 m

Bark

Thick, rough, brown layered  fissuring into rectangles 3 by 2cm in size; the slash is fibrous and red with a charasteric pepper taste

Leaves

Alternate, simple, lanceolate, elliptic or oblong 7 to 10 cm long and 2 to 3 cm wide with an acute and an equal-sided apex.

Flowers

Pentamerous solitary, in small cymes of 3 to 4, in the axils the sepals are greenish, and white the petals are yellowish

Fruits

Ovoid berry, green turning blue-purplish when ripe. 3  to 5 cm long the containing several (2 or more) flat yellow-brown seeds 1-1.5cm in length embedded in the pulp

Seeds

2 to more seeds per berry and germination rate are good
Uses It is used  as a powerful treatment for worms, as a general antibiotic for body pain, colds, lung and kidney infections and the leaves are used to treat malaria

Seed collection

 

 

Post harvest handling

Dry under shade

Long term storage

Do not store for more than 3 months
Propagation

 

 

Method

Seed

Pretreatment

Seeds should be removed manually and sown as soon as possible without pretreatment

Depth sown

4 cm

Environment

Moist and shady enviroment

Dark/light conditions

Light conditions

Expected success rate

40-50%

Establishment

 

 

Age to plant out  

The seeds should germinate within 4 weeks and the seedlings should be kept in the nursery for 4-6 weeks before transplanting

Shade requirements

Needs shade

Soil

Does well in well drained acidic soils

Expected growth rate

Slow

Expected survival rate

Below 40%

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This information was provided by Tooro Botanical Gardens, Uganda. For further information, or to
buy seeds or seedlings of this species, please contact: torobotanicalgardens@gmail.com