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“Sometimes when you lose your way in the fog, you end up in a beautiful place (IIdan)…”
Here in Limuru, you often wake up to a cold mist, with the sun slanting through the foggy windows and the stark chill as you get out of a cozy bed. To some, the occasional fog is a dismal experience, but to others it is magical and mystifying. Once you step into the forest here, the mist becomes all the more “mist”-ical. Watch sunlit rays cut through it to emerge from behind the haze. See the dew glisten on all the green that surrounds you. Stop. Take a breath of air. Just breathe. Notice the sounds of the birds and of the monkeys. Spend some time with yourself and with the earth. Just be.
Indigenous tree flowers to look out for
A small tree up to 13 m tall, young stems brownish. Leaflets are oblong and
glabrous, except on the margins and midribs. The leaf base is asymmetric, while the tip is acuminate.
Flowers are purple-white.
It is an important tree for soil conservation and improvement (nitrogen-fixing).
The tree is intercropped with tea in order to provide shade and improve the soil. The leaves are a good mulch material and manure.
An evergreen tree growing up to 10m height, found mostly in wet upland forests.
All parts of the tree produce a sticky white latex.
It has a glossy green leaf with rough grey-brown bark.
The flowers are creamy-white with fragrance and the fruits are large fleshy drupes in rounded pairs.
The tree is uniquely ornamental when in full flower and can be used as fuel.
A decorative tree with a rounded crown growing from 10-30m, with a pale smooth bark that roughens with age. This tree has hairy compound leaves.
The flowers are in bright orange-red clusters that have frilly petals edged with yellow and spathe-like buds containing a watery liquid.
The fruits are a large boat-like elliptical pod with winged seeds that are dispersed by wind.
The tree is ornamental and has softwood used for making carvings and fuel.
The bark cures liver disorders when boiled.
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