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Calodendrum Capense "Cape Chestnut" Seeds

Calodendrum Capense "Cape Chestnut" Seeds

Regular price $5.55 $0.00

These seeds were handpicked in 2018 in North East Victoria from healthy, mature trees in areas prone to frost.

"Calodendrum capense (Cape chestnut) is an African tree which was first studied at The Cape in South Africa and cultivated widely for its prolific flower display. It is native to a swath of the east side of the continent from the equatorial highlands of Kenya at its northern limit southwards through isolated mountains in Tanzania to both sides of Lake Malawi, the Mashonaland Plateau and Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, and then along the lower slopes of the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa and in coastal forests from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town.

The tree can reach 20 metres high in a forest, but in cultivation it is more likely to reach 10 metres, with a spreading canopy. The trunk is smooth and grey and the leaves are ovate up to 22 cm long and 10 cm wide. The large pink flowers are produced in terminal panicles and cover the tree canopy in the early summer.

The tree obtained the common name of "Cape chestnut" because explorer William Burchell saw a resemblance to the horse chestnut in terms of flowers and fruits, however it is not closely related.

Cape chestnut oil, obtained from the seeds, otherwise known as Yangu oil, is a popular oil in African skin care. Its inherent ultravioletprotection, its high content of essential fatty acids and antioxidants and its mild odour destined it for natural cosmetics.

The seeds are eaten by birds and monkeys." - information retrieved from wikipedia

 

*****Please note:   We do NOT sell live plants at all!! Quarantine restrictions and inspection fees prohibit the sale of seeds to Western Australia and Internationally.


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