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Duvernoia adhatodoides

   (Family: Acanthaceae)
Afrikaans: Pistoolbos English: Pistol Bush  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 1 - 3m
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Preferred rainfall: Summer
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Flowering time EDIT
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Flower colours
  Pollinated by large black and yellow carpenter bees
  Flower info
  Flowers are conspicuous, an attractive white to mauve with purple markings.
  Leaf info EDIT
  The shiny, dark green leaves.
Fruit type EDIT
  Seed info EDIT
  The fruits are club-shaped capsules, about 3 x 1 cm, dehiscing explosively with a loud crack (hence the common name).
Description EDIT
Duvernoia adhatodoides is a shrub or a small tree 1-3m in height.
This is an evergreen single or multi-stemmed shrub with dense dark crown. The stems can be as thick as 260mm in diameter with dark brown rough bark.

This shrub is an excellent decorative garden plant. It can also be used as a background planting in a landscape.
Growing EDIT
Numerous seedlings at the base of the plants are an indication of how easily it germinates. Seedlings are resistant to fungal diseases but a fungicide can be applied when neccessary.

This plant can be grown from seed or cuttings. Duvernoia adhatodoides is sensitive to frost. However, with some protection it can grow in areas where frost is not too severe. Duvernoia adhatodoides is best grown in moist coastal gardens. It thrives in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. It likes well composted soil as it occurs naturally in forests. Mulch to keep soil water in the soil and to regulate soil temperature. Growth can be stimulated by various fertilizers such as Supa Natural (Fish emulsion fertilizer),Seagro and Kelpack. Seagro and Supa Natural can be used as foliar feed.
Distribution EDIT
It is commonly found on forest understorey, on forest margins and rocky outcrops in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal and the former Transkei area in the Eastern Cape Province. It is also found in the Gauteng Province.
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