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Stelechocarpus Burahol Kepel Kepel Anacardiaea
 

kepel, Keppel, Burahol, Simpel, Kecindul, Turalak, Stelechocarpus Burahol

 
kepel, Keppel, Burahol, Simpel, Kecindul, Turalak, Stelechocarpus Burahol

Stelechocarpus Burahol
(Kepel)
Other Names: Keppel, Burahol, Simpel, Kecindul, Turalak
Related To: Sweetsop, Atemoya, Rollinia

Main Uses: Food, Foliage, "Perfume"

Growth Rate: Slow to Moderate. Very slow to germinate.

Mature Height/Spread: To 60' in the tropics. Usually smaller.

Flowering/Pollination: Cauliflorous; small white flowers. Can flower and fruit more than once a year. Self fertile.

Tolerance: Intolerant of both drought and salt.

Soil/Nutrition: Fertile slightly acidic and well drained.

Light: Part shade to full sun (when older). Juvenile trees prefer filtered sunlight / dappled shade.

Wind: New foliage is very tender; needs a sheltered location.

Temperature: Seedlings will die if exposed to temperatures below 40 degrees. Generally, the kepel is hardy to just above freezing when it is a few years old. Always protect from wind when growing in a marginal climate. kepel, Keppel, Burahol, Simpel, Kecindul, Turalak, Stelechocarpus Burahol

Dangers: None

Diseases Prone: Fungus

Bearing Age: 6-10 years from seed

Fruit: Spherical, 2-3 inches in diameter, fragrant, subtle coconut/mango flavor.

History/Origin: Indonesia/Java; endangered. In ages past, Sultans had this tree planted on palace property. Fruits were reserved for ladies of the Harem, and royalty, used as a breath freshener and an internal "perfume."

Species Observations: New foliage emerges a pale red color, making this a very decorative tree with an attractive growth habit. It certainly deserves to be more widely planted in the tropics, not only for it's foliage, but also for it's unique fuit and history.. As the tree matures, it will begin to flower and fruit more than once a year. If the tree is healthy, it will fruit prolifically, providing hundreds of fruits right off the trunk.

Propogation: Propagation is typically from seed, and is very slow. Fresh seeds can be sprouted in a few weeks, but will not begin leafing out until a year or so after they are planted. Be very patient with this species. Air layering is usually unsuccessful, being very slow (more than a year), if at all.

Container Culture: Unknown, though species is slow growing. kepel, Keppel, Burahol, Simpel, Kecindul, Turalak, Stelechocarpus Burahol

Medicinal Uses: The fragrant fruits are used to freshen breath. If eaten in some quantity, it is reported that the fruits cause all bodily excretions to smell of violets. The flowers, being higher in aromatic oils, are also eaten for this purpose. This unique effect is the primary point of interest for most collectors. Some hobbyists report no effect of this kind, while others have the opposite experience.

Nutritional Information:

Preparation / Food: Scanty, though aromatic flesh of the fruits is eaten fresh.

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