Wilde Perske (Afr.), Muphatavhafu, Lekgatsi
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A large evergreen tree with spear-shaped leaves growing up to 25m in height. Indigenous to South Africa and has a wide distribution in Africa. The seeds have a distinctive bright orange sticky coating and surrounded by a spherical capsule that splits in four halves. Male and female flowers grow on separate trees. Fruit is eaten by birds. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape, Western Cape.
Summer, Autumn, Spring
Seeds capsules can be harvested, dried and cleaned to obtain shiny bright seeds.
Brightly coloured seed is exposed when the fruit burst open. Harvest seeds before the birds do. Plant in sandy potting soil mix and keep moist.
Birds love the bright seeds exposed when the fruit burst open and the fruit.
Africa, from Kenia to South Africa.
Mediterranean to Bushveld
Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Loam, Sand, Clay
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
The hardish, pink-brown wood is a useful general purpose timber (beams, floorboards, furniture).
Yellow, Cream, Green
Butterfly larvae feast on the leaves, but the tree soon recover with a new flash - no need to control them.