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Tabernaemontana elegans - Toad Tree - 5 Fresh Seeds
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Tabernaemontana elegans - Toad Tree - 5 Fresh Seeds


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Tabernaemontana elegans - Toad Tree 
This sale is for 5 fresh seeds of Tabernaemontana elegans - Toad Tree

An unarmed shrub or tree mostly 1.5 to 5 m tall but occasionally reaching 12 m. The trunk is 50 to 300 mm thick with a corky, pale brown bark with longitudinal fissures. Twigs have prominent leaf scars that form transverse ridges. The leaves are leathery, opposite and dark glossy green above and paler beneath. Leaf dimensions vary from 90 to 200 mm by 50 to 70 mm; generally 2 to 4 times as long as wide. Each inflorescence consists of many white, fragrant flowers. The fruit are in pairs, with a green skin that is covered in pale warts. Each fruit is 60 to 70 mm long by 40 to 50 mm wide, with two lateral ridges and one dorsal ridge. The fruit are leathery to woody, with a wall that is 5 to 15 mm thick. When mature, they split open along one side, often while still on the tree, displaying the yellowish pulp inside. Each fruit with its green, warty skin resembles a toad, giving rise to the common name toad tree. Embedded in the yellow pulp are numerous dark brown seeds 14 to 17 mm long by 7 to 9 mm wide.
It is indigenous to tropical east Africa through to South Africa and Swaziland. It is most commonly encountered along riverbanks, in coastal forest and savanna woodlands.
Tabernaemotanus elegans is deciduous, losing most of its leaves during the winter. The yellow pulp from the fruit is eaten by people, monkeys, baboons, rhinoceroses, hornbills and white-eared barbets. Flowering time is October to February. .
Use as a container plant, a houseplant or as an indoor bonsai tree.  It can be grown outside permamently only in areas that get no frost.

Full instructions can be found on my website, details on my 'Me' page.Important Note for all Seeds and PlantsAllseeds sold are fresh and are stored in conditions suitable to promotethe viability of that particular type of seed.  All plants areguaranteed to be free from disease when supplied. Germinatingseeds and growing plants are subject to many other factorsincluding the conditions under which they are raised (including but notlimited to: Light, moisture, soil, humidity) and the skill of theindividual grower.  As the vendor, such  factors are completelyoutside of my control and all seeds and plants are supplied on thisbasis.

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