Keala Cummings

Keala Cummings

University of Missouri

PHD Student

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Published on Jun 25, 2014

Tree profile: Flaky-bark thorn

Trees and Shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park, Ernst Schmidt, Mervyn Lotter and Warren McClealand

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Published on Jun 25, 2014

Tree profile: Jackal-berry

mesos pilos And Tarzan wouldn't be the only one.Such a nice tree.dangerous anthropomorphize a tree in such a fashionnot everything Making the most of Indigenous Trees, Fanie and Julye-Anne Venter T...

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Published on Jun 23, 2014

Seed Rewards!

Hey everyone!Did you donate $25 or more? Do you want an African tree of your very own? Are you wondering when in the world I'm going to deliver on the seed rewards? Then good news, this lab note is...

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Published on Jun 23, 2014

Tree profile: Umbrella Thorn

If the lion didn't give it away, we are definitely in Africais A bush hyrax sampling some nutritious umbrella thorn foliage.  Fact of the day: the hyrax is the closet living relative to the elephan...

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Published on Apr 23, 2014

Highlights of the 2014 Field Season (no trees, I promise)

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Published on Apr 15, 2014

Tree profile: Sausage Tree

Kigelia africanaThe flame tree. I bet y'all wish I was sampling this one.(the one at the end is called "Bust Creme," Which sounds much better in the original French, 'Creme pour le buste') Making t...

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Published on Apr 15, 2014

Tree profile: Black-monkey thorn

Acacia burkeiAcacia nigrescens Making the most of Indigenous Trees, Fanie and Julye-Anne Venter Trees and Shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park, Ernst Schmidt, Mervyn Lotter and Warren McCl...

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Published on Apr 14, 2014

WE DID IT!!

With less then 40 hours to go we reached our funding goal of $3,000! Wow you guys I can't believe we made it! A few generous souls even contributed after the fact, bringing our final tally up to $3...

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Yes, they are well known for making lovely bonsai! The only thing these trees can't tolerate is frost, so they wouldn't do well in climates that regularly go below freezing.
Reply to:Susan ChapmanSusan Chapman
This is actually pretty tricky. The fruits need to be left in a compost heap for weeks to months, depending on their ripeness and outside conditions. There really is no way to get into the fruit by force without destroying seeds. When the fruit is ready the external shell will be literally fallin...more
The length of time varies widely based primarily on the depth of soil but also the climate it experiences. To be honest it's actually a very difficult plant to grow. I know many people who have managed to grow it to about a meter (which takes ~5 months to a year), only for it to wither and die. O...more
Reply to:Roma NugentRoma Nugent
Hey Roma, I get my seeds from Silver Hill Seeds, based in south Africa. Technically you'll need a permit from the USDA to have them shipped, but these are relatively easy to obtain. I'm sure the folks at Silver Hill could help you out. http://www.silverhillseeds.co.za
Reply to:Marsha SatoMarsha Sato
That one is about five years old I think