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Cola acuminata Cola Nut Kola Sterculiaceae
 

Cola acuminata, Sterculia acuminata, Cola nitida, kola, Cola Nut, Kola, Guru Nut

 
Cola acuminata, Sterculia acuminata, Cola nitida, kola, Cola Nut, Kola, Guru Nut

Cola acuminata, Sterculia acuminata, Cola nitida
Family: Sterculiaceae
Cola Nut, Kola, Guru Nut
Origin: West Africa
big tree, full sun, regular water,  min. temp. 55F

A medium sized tree from 40-60ft tall. The flowers are greenish-yellow or white and purple at the margins of the petals. Both male and perfect flowers are produced on the same inflorescence. The fruit is a follicle, which is corky or rough on the surface and may be 8 inches (20 cm) in length. Cola acuminata fruit may contain several seeds, cola nitida - just one. Cola nuts are chewed for the stimulating effect of the alkaloids caffein and theobrominethey contain. The cola nut is widely grown in West Africa and has particular uses in the social life and religious customs of the people. In Nigeria and Cameroon, four species of cola with edible seed have been distinguished. Cola extract is what gives their names to cola drinks. Will grow in full sun or part shade. It is not hardy and will be injured or killed by frost. Water regularly, as the plant thrives in wet, humid environments. The cola nut is usually propagated by seeds but can be propagated by cuttings.

Cola acuminata belongs to the family Sterculiaceae and its fruits are harvested from the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The fruits are rough, mottled and up to 8 inches long and contain large, flat and bright red coloured seeds. Commonly known as cola nut, this fruit is used widely for the treatment of ED. The fruits contain about 2% catechine-caffeine (colanine), which is believed to have a greater level of alkaloids (caffeine), thereby increasing the stimulatory effect. They are roasted, pounded or chewed and can also be added to drinks such as tea or milk or cereal such as porridge . In West Africa this product is sold as a treatment for ED, although evidence for its effectiveness is limited.
     
Cola acuminata, Sterculia acuminata, Cola nitida, kola, Cola Nut, Kola, Guru Nut Cola acuminata, Sterculia acuminata, Cola nitida, kola, Cola Nut, Kola, Guru Nut Cola acuminata, Sterculia acuminata, Cola nitida, kola, Cola Nut, Kola, Guru Nut

 

  

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