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The small stolons I got from The Netherlands.

This small stolon has started to grow!

After one year, even I had to consider to re-pot!

Author: Henri Ernest Baillon, 1872
Origin:  Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya,  Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  20-30 Centimetres
Height:  3-10 Metres
Flower:  Greenish
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Pyrenacantha vitifolia, Engl. 1895.
Pyrenacantha menyhartii, Schinz, 1905.
Cavanilla kamassana, Kuntze.
Pyrenacantha cordata,
Pyrenacantha kamassana,

This member of the Icacinaceae family was first described by Henri Ernest Baillon in 1872. It is found in Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya,  Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, growing in well-drained soil with some water and some sun. It will grow tubers up to five kilos, 30 centimetres in diameter, favoured by the naked mole rats, and the vines can grow from three to ten meter or more. It can be reproduced both by seeds, cuttings and stolones.

The genera name  from Greek pyren; 'a stone fruit' and Greek akanthos; 'thorn' for the peglike protuberances from the inner surface of the fruit penetrating the cotyledons. The species name after Cabora Bassa in Mozambique.

The male flower by Bart Wursten,

Adult leaves on the one meter vine.

Photo of the fruits by Rainer Martin, Mbuyu.