Pollinated by large black and yellow carpenter bees
Flowers are conspicuous, an attractive white to mauve with purple markings.
The shiny, dark green leaves.
The fruits are club-shaped capsules, about 3 x 1 cm, dehiscing explosively with a loud crack (hence the common name).
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.
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.
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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