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PlantFiles: Moth-fruit
Acridocarpus natalitius

Family: Malpighiaceae
Genus: Acridocarpus (Ah-KREE-do-kar-pus) (Info)
Species: natalitius

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive IRFAN_LODHI On Feb 11, 2010, IRFAN_LODHI from faisalabad
Pakistan (Zone 10b) wrote:

Acridocarpus natalitius :moth-fruit, the binder of Africa ,motvrug ,umabophe, umabophawentaba, umabopha and ihlalanyosi
is a common member of coastal forest, forest margins, bushveld and sand forest. It is sometimes found on rocky outcrops or open grassland.
It occurs in the northern Eastern Cape in the Pondoland region, along the KwaZulu-Natal eastern seaboard to Maputaland, Swaziland, Mpumalanga 's lowveld, Limpompo and Mozambique.
Its bark is grey and rough, and the tips of the branches twine around other vegetation .The fruit has three but often two large, prominently veined wings that are joined together, which makes it look like a moth with outstretched wings and are normally seen from November to April.

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