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Searsia burchellii (Rhus burchellii) (100 seeds)


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Searsia burchellii (Rhus burchellii) Anacardiaceae. It is a much-branched, evergreen shrub or small tree that grows up to 5 m high. Bark is granular, grey brownish. Leaves are small, trifoliolate, glossy, waxy, olive green and crowded at the ends of short, spur-like branchlets. Branchlets are sometimes spine-tipped. Small cream-colored flowers are borne in loose clusters among the leaves in autumn (April–May). Male and female flowers are borne on different plants and only female plants bear fruits. Fruits are ellipsoid, thinly fleshy, green to reddish brown, drupes, somewhat compressed and flattened, 3.7 × 2.2 to 6.3 × 3.7 mm, borne in autumn and winter. Sowing:  Dried ripe seeds can be sown in seedling trays, using a good seedling medium. Always make sure that there is a constant temperature of 20–25°C to speed up the germination of seed. Locality: Bloemfontein. Harvest: August 2022