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Landolphia kirkii - Dyer ex Hook.f.

Common Name Sand apricot-vine, Coast rubber vine, Wildpeach
Family Apocynaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats A strong climber in forest, at forest edges and in Brachystegia bushland, miombo woodlands on plateaux and wet valleys[398 ].
Range Eastern Africa - Kenya, Tanzania, DR Congo, S. Africa.
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Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Tender Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Landolphia kirkii Sand apricot-vine, Coast rubber vine, Wildpeach


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Landolphia kirkii Sand apricot-vine, Coast rubber vine, Wildpeach
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Landolphia kirkii is an evergreen Climber growing to 15 m (49ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in) at a fast rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Landolphia delagoensis (Dewèvre) Pierre Landolphia dondeensis Busse Landolphia polyantha K.Schum. Vahea kirkii (Dyer ex Hook.f.) Sadeb.

Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw[323 ]. A juicy pulp, it is sweet with a slightly acid flavour[398 ]. They are popular with those in the know, but their tartness can put off the uninitiated[323 ]. The rounded to oval, dull green but spotted, fruit is a many-seeded berry with a hard skin up to 15cm in diameter[398 ].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

A good quality latex, suitable for making into rubber, is obtained from the stems[323 ]. It is only used locally[323 ]. The latex can be coagulated with sea water or with lime juice[46 ]. The flexible stems can be used as rope[398 ].

Special Uses

Carbon Farming

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Cultivation details

Industrial Crop: Hydrocarbon  Management: Coppice  Regional Crop

A plant of subtropical to tropical areas, where it is usually found growing in moister areas[323 ].

Carbon Farming

  • Industrial Crop: Hydrocarbon  Materials, chemicals and energy include bioplastics, rubber, biomass products gasoline, jet fuel, diesel, butane, propane, biogas. Plants are usually resprouting plants and saps.
  • Management: Coppice  Cut to the ground repeatedly - resprouting vigorously. Non-destructive management systems maintaining the soil organic carbon.
  • Regional Crop  These crops have been domesticated and cultivated regionally but have not been adopted elsewhere and are typically not traded globally, Examples in this broad category include perennial cottons and many nuts and staple fruits.

References   Carbon Farming Information and Carbon Sequestration Information

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Propagation

Seed

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Anggur karet, Ibungu, Kirk's landolphia, Mabungo, Matwatwa, Maungo, Melktog, Mlimbo, Mpila, Mpira, Mubungu, Muhonga-ulume, Mukanga, Muungu, Muvhungo, Muwungu,Runyangarwapene, Sand apricot, Ugooto, Umkuzi, Zanzibar rubber

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Africa, Asia, Central Africa, Congo, East Africa*, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, SE Asia, Somalia, South Africa, Southern Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Landolphia heudelotiiGuinea gumvine, Landolphia rubberClimber15.0 10-12 FLMNMWe323

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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