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Always wanted one of these after seeing it in the readers digest herb and spice book
Mate has one 5 years old and it has got flower buds , my tree is only 2 years old .
Anyone tried chewing some ?
My tree was grown from seeds bought in a African specialty shop in France !
Alan Carle of Botanic Ark supplied my mates tree.
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rev says...
Ive got trees too

several cola accuminata
and one C nitida
all in pots still waiting for a home

they are from imported seed from west africa

this year il get some of my own sent over but i bought these pregerminated from
www.herbalistics.com.au

from another source i have bitter cola, which is Garcina kola
these seed ive imported from cameroon, i have about 8 up so far
and ill import more seeds this season so next season ill have spares all things going well
ill post some pics...

i havent tasted the cola sp
But my made made a macerated tincture in vodka and reckons its tasted great

its a healthy stimulant except for the tannins. But maybe with some basic manipulation of an extract one could crash out the tannins which is the only problem with it healthwise.

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Steven says...
Hi

I just checked out that website. it seems really interesting they have alot of different plants that you cant get.

Ive always wondered about cola trees. what do you do with the seeds once the fruit is ripe. do they need to be processed in any way?

I might get a tree or two, if i can find the room.

Thanks

Steven
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recher says...


note these guys are all in tropics

i'm growing Cola natalensis. It is a rare spoecies in that there is no known use I can locate and it ain't an ornamental except in so far as every tree is ornamental :)

I love having it becuase at least I have a Cola sp in the collection

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recher says...


note these guys are all in tropics

i'm growing Cola natalensis. It is a rare spoecies in that there is no known use I can locate and it ain't an ornamental except in so far as every tree is ornamental :)

I love having it becuase at least I have a Cola sp in the collection

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Rev says...
garcinia kola
cola acuminata
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Rev says...
ok try again..

G kola
http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z144/Bernard_090/garciniakola.jpg

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Rev says...
also steven,
try google scholar

Kola, Cola

and you will learn much more about their usage and cultural importance

apparently even the way n which one s oferred Cola nuts indicates the atttude of the host to your presence in their home!
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Rev says...
Garcinia kola is beng investigated for its anti- Ebola virus properties

a nice plant to have up your sleeve :D

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/411030.stm
http://www.blackherbals.com/kola_vs_ebola.htm
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Rev says...
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg16321991.700-ebola-drug-found-in-forest.html
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Justin says...
Anyone know if this tree would grow in Melbourne?
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trikus says...
Bad luck Justin most Cola spp are strictly tropical. My 2m plant stood up well to direct cyclone hit a few weeks ago. Cams big tree survived well also in town .
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Steven says...
I bought one, ive got it outside in a pot. Its only a seedling and its grown a little but not much, but it seems fine so far. We have also has a cold summer so im not surprised it hasnt grown much. If you get one it should be fine but grow it in a pot at least until its quite large. That way you can bring it inside when u need to. And if you want to put it outside once its large plant it somewhere warm and sheltered.

Personally ive found that most tropicals grow well here during the spring summer but you have to care for them alot more than any other tree.
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trikus says...
MY Cola tree has lots of new growth .
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trikus says...
Cola fruit from Feast of the Senses .. just had a chew of one , and YUK .. will try a macerated tincture .. and report back .
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
Many thanks Trikus for letting us know about Cola fruit. Much appreciated.
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