Lannea edulis

This species bears edible fruits and it grows just 20-50 cm tall. with a thick underground trunk or caudex, which helps it to survive drought and fires. Sometimes it is called the "underground tree".

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This species bears edible fruits and it grows just 20-50 cm tall. with a thick underground trunk or caudex, which helps it to survive drought and fires. Sometimes it is called the "underground tree". Flowers appear in early spring in the leafless plant and soon the berries start to grow up and turn reddish brown,. Then some beautiful pinnate leaves are set, which in their first weeks are silvery and velvety, and later will thurn bright green and leathery. Fruits of Lannea edulis are eaten when ripe, dark purple. They are fleshy and juicy and taste pleasantly sour. It is also widely used as herbal medicine throughout its distributional range in tropical Africa It is found in a wide range of seasonally dry habitats, at elevations from 200 - 1600 metres. Our plants came from material originally collected in Taru, Kenya.

Don't expect a large plant. This is a collectors' item, grown in a 14 cm pot.

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Arthur Murray Harmsworth, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Cultivation Protected
Plant origin Africa
Presentation Potted Plant
Max. Size 40cm-70cm
Botanical family Anacardiaceae
Light Sun
Minimum winter temperature 0 ºC to 15 ºC
Flowering Season Warmer Months
Plant type Woody
Care Pot
Care Low-maintenance
All orders arriving after 10th July will be shipped in September. This is due to the high temperatures in the month of August and possible delays caused by general holidays and reduced opening hours by the customs service, carriers, etc.