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Kola nut

Cola nitida


"Overview: Evergreen, tropical tree growing up to about 20 metres tall, with a spreading, open canopy. Leaves: Oval with pointed ends, leathery, with a shiny upper surface. Borne alternately on the stem. Flowers: Off-white to cream, star-shaped with five petals and a blotched red-purple centre with a prominent stigma. Pollinated by flies. Fruits: Large (13×7 cm), knobbly, green pods. Splitting into two equal halves to reveal four to eight, smooth, red or white, seeds (kola nuts)." - KEW


"Lowland rainforest; usually in rich, deep soils." - KEW



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Singapore, Singapore

Spotted on Sep 11, 2013
Submitted on May 9, 2014

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