English (Parasol tree); Keiyo (Auoun); Kikuyu (Mutati); Kipsigis (Aounet); Luhya (Mwanzu); Luo (Nyakom ondiek); Maasai (Olyalilingi); Marakwet (Auoun); Meru (Mukurukuru); Nandi (Soiyet); Ogiek (Muachet); Sabaot (Ewondet); Taita (Mkanya); Tugen (Auwe).
|Distribution of Polyscias fulva in Kenya|
|© Maundu P. and Bo Tengnas. (2005). Useful trees and shrubs for Kenya, World Agroforestry Centre.|
General Information about the Tree:
Propagation and Tree Management
- Fuel: The firewood of Polyscias species is of poor quality.
- Timber: Wood is soft, white, odourless and not durable; used to make food containers, tea chests, veneers, plywood, beehives, utensils, musical instruments and mole traps.
- Medicine: Leaves have useful medicinal properties.
- Soil improver: Leaf fall provides good mulch, with soil under the tree being quite fertile.
- Ornamental: The decorative tree can be grown in amenity areas.
- Intercropping: The high crown lets in sunlight, making the tree suitable for intercropping with crops such as banana, coffee or cocoa.