Mosinabele

Searsia lancea

Karee, Syn. Rhus Lancea, Umhlakotshane

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Searsia lancea is an evergreen small to medium sized wide-spreading tree that is widely distributed in Southern Africa. Drought and frost tolerant. Has a course textured bark and leaves are trifoliate, up to 12cm long and taper into a prominent tip. The small round fruit attracts animals when ripe. Often used as shade tree in arid areas. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape, Western Cape.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Winter, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer, Spring

Harvesting

Fruit ripes from Spring to early Summer.

Propagation

Seed

The ripe seed should be sown in seedling trays using a good seedling medium and transplanted into bigger containers when the seedlings reach the two-leaf stage.

Cuttings

Cuttings can be taken using young growth in spring time.

Special features

Attracts birds

Fruit is eaten by birds such as bulbuls, guineafowl and francolins.

Attracts useful insects

The sweetly scented flowers attract bees and other insects to them.

Wind break

Hedge plant

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa

Natural climate

Bushveld (semi-arid)

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

Flowers

Notes

Shade tree for arid areas

Personality

Family

Anacardiaceae

Flower colour

Green, Yellow

Scent

Mild

Problems

Generally problem free

Credits

profile iconSearsia lancea
by Marc Stern, Witwatersrand National Botanical Garden, June 2002. Updated July 2008 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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