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Ricinodendron heudelotii

Njangsa Tree, African Nut Tree

A large, fast growing tree from lowland dry deciduous forests in tropical Africa to 50 m (165 ft.) tall, with a straight, buttressed trunk. The hard fruits smell like overripe apples and contain 2 to 3 hard-shelled, dark, oily, aromatic seeds that are edible, preferably boiled or roasted. The sweet, light oil extracted from the seeds has a number of applications. The soft, light wood is used for pulp. It is a good shade tree for coffee and cocoa and also makes a fine ornamental for the tropics and a good tree for avenues due to its straight and even growth.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The hard seed coat needs to be punctured in some manner to allow moisture to enter. They can be VERY carefully cracked with a pair of pliers, or a dremel or file could be used. I used the plier method, and managed to destroy a few, but I now have robust seedlings coming up after about three weeks on the ones I didn't. I sowed them just under the potting soil, and they received a lot of water during the germination period.
Submitted on 06/06/2013 by Barry Stock

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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