The small stolons I got from
stolon has started to grow!
This member of the Icacinaceae family was first described by Henri
Ernest Baillon in
1872. It is found in Tanzania,
Ethiopia, Mozambique, Kenya
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
leaves on the one meter vine.
one year, even I had to consider to re-pot!
Photo of the fruits by Rainer