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Description for Thespesia Populnea, Portia Tree
Its name Thespesia means "divinely decreed". Leaves are smooth, somewhat similar to those of the Pipal tree, broadly ovate. It has heart-shaped leaves and cup-shaped yellow flowers. The flowers are followed by apple-shaped fruit. Seeds several, elliptical, 1 cm long, brown hairy.
Planting and care
The Portia tree is able to grow in the wide range of soil types. The seeds should be scarified (the seed coat penetrated). This can be done using sandpaper, nail clippers, or by cracking with a hammer. Care must be taken to avoid damaging the inner part of the seed. The seeds do not require soaking. The seeds should be planted in the sterile potting mix at a depth of about twice the diameter of the seed. Germination takes 14 to 28 days.
Caring for Thespesia Populnea
- Foliar feed young milo trees once a month in early morning with a water soluble or an organic fertilizer.
Typical uses of Thespesia Populnea
Special features: Like other mangrove associates, these plants provide shelter and food to many creatures of the mangroves.
Culinary use: The fruits, flowers and young leaves are edible.
Ornamental use: Landscape Use (Accent, Container, Hedges, Provides Shade, Screening, Specimen Plant)
Medicinal use: In India, the ground up bark is used to treat skin diseases and in Mauritius dysentery and hemorrhoids. Note: Please consult your health expert.
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The reason why I am reviewing this so lately is because I wanted some time to see it s germination and growth afterwards. Today the plant is in full bloom . It has almost grown up to 3 ft in height an