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Cryptocarya woodii

   (Family: Lauraceae)
Afrikaans: Rooikweper, Kaapse kweper English: Cape laurel, Cape Quince, Bastard camphor tree Xhosa: isithungwa, inqayana, ixobothi Zulu: umngcabe, umnqayane, isililandangulube  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Tree
Height: 5 - 20m
Special properties:
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Summer
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Biome: Forest
Flowering time EDIT
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
  Flower info
  Small inconspicuous flowers
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf type
Leaf arrangement
Leaf texture Smooth
  Leaf info EDIT
  The leaves are smallish shiny bright green above and slightly paler green below. They have light coloured veins that are well developed, the drip tip is well pronounced.
Fruit colour
  Seed info EDIT
  Round, shiny, purple-black fruits
Description EDIT
This is a small to medium size tree usually 5 to 10 m in height, but it can grow to 20m. in favourable conditions.

A handsome tree for small gardens with a lovely shape when properly pruned. The shiny, purple-black fleshy fruits are showy and complemented by the evergreen glossy leaves.
Growing EDIT
This tree is grown from seed and cuttings. Seed should be collected when the fruit is ripe. It is cleaned to remove fleshy part. Seed is sown in sandy loam soil mix in a seed tray. Seed should be covered with bark. The tray should be kept moist in a warm place. Germination should take 4 to 6 weeks.

Cryptocarya woodii is also propagated from cuttings in summer. Dip the end of the cutting in a rooting hormone powder for hard wood to promote rooting. Place cuttings in a bark and polystyrene mix.
Distribution EDIT
This tree is widely distributed from the Eastern Cape, the former Transkei, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Swaziland to the eastern side of Gauteng and further north on the eastern side of the continent. It is in abundant in coastal and mountainous forests, in forest kloofs, on forest fringes, in wooded valley and in dense bush. These tend to be well-watered habitats.
History EDIT
The genus word Cryptocarya is from a Greek word krypto- meaning to hide, karya- meaning a walnut tree, the fruit of which was known as karyon, a word also used to other fruits. The specific epithet of this plant was named in honour of John Medley Wood who was a botanist in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Cryptocarya woodii is said to be used as traditional medicine for magical and medicinal purposes. Cryptocarya species are sometimes used as substitutes for Ocotea bullata. An infusion of the powdered bark is used as remedy for diarrhoea.
Ecology EDIT
Butterfly species, Charaxes xiphanes, Papilio euphranor breed on the foliage of the Cape quince.
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22 November 2014 21:38
If it 's possible to acclimate Cryptocarya Woodii in Brittany, I should like to buy somme seeds. Can you help me to find a lmittle producer?
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