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Karoo lantern

Nymania capensis

Christmas bush, Karoo chinese lantern (Eng.), Klapperbos, Brosdoring, Kiepkiepies, Stuipebossie (Afr.)

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Karoo lantern, or known as the Klapperbos, in Afrikaans derives its common names from the shape of its bright, colorful fruit, an indication of the uniqueness of this hardy and drought tolerant tree. Not only an ornamental garden plant, it also has a history of being used in traditional medicine. Despite being known to be hard to propagate, this tree is a very unique specimen that is a great addition to any desert or rocky garden.

Planning

Difficulty
Advanced
Flowering time
Winter
Fruiting time
Spring

Harvesting

Seeds are contained in inflated, papery capsules. The capsules must be dry when harvesting the seeds. Harvest by hand.

Propagation

Seed
Seed is sown in late autumn or early spring. Seeds contained in inflated, papery capsules ripen in Spring. Harvest seed from dry capsules. Sow 1cm deep. Cover with a layer of coarse sand and wet.

Special features

Drought resistant
Very drought tolerant, suitable for xeriscaping.
Attracts useful insects
Insects such as bees and bumble bees.
Repels harmful insects
Shown to have insecticidal and antifeedant(stop insects eating it)properties.

Geography

Origin
South Africa and Namibia, southern Namibia , the Richtersveld, Namaqualand , Ceres Tanqua Karoo, Bushmanland, Worcester Robertson Karoo and the Little Karoo.
Natural climate
Semi-Arid Karoo

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
The Nama roasted and powdered the root to make an effective ointment for wound healing. Root tea was used for stomach disorders and crushed leaves inhaled for headaches.

Personality

Family
Meliaceae
Flower colour
Red or cream.
Scent
None

Problems

Pests include aphids. Diseases include fungi and root rot.
Aphids
Aphids
Aphidoidea spp.

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