Cola gabonensis – Kola Nut (plant)
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Cola gabonensis is native to west Africa, from the species name, presumably Gabon. It grows in tropical rainforests that receive 1200-1800mm of rainfall each year and with a distinct wet and dry season. The seeds/fruit are edible and contain caffeine (1 report in literature lists 0.263%). I have been able to find little other info on this Cola species.
Cola gabonensis fruit/seeds are reportedly eaten by gorillas, presumably for their stimulant properties as they contain little protein.
Care and Cultivation of Cola gabonensis
An evergreen tree that can grow to 20m tall. Like a rich soil with good drainage. Fertilise moderately over the warmer months. Keep in a warmish place such as a hothouse over winter until large enough to deal with colder temperatures.
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