Moth-fruit
Acridocarpus natalitius

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

Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Shrubs

Trees

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

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

Gardeners' Notes:

1
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0
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RatingContent
Positive

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 norma... read more