Botanical family: Icacinaceae

Number of plants found: 2    

Citronella congonha (gongonha), Congon, Naranjillo

Citronella congonha (gongonha)

Congon, Naranjillo
Family: Icacinaceae
Origin: Paraguay, Uruguay
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersEthnomedical plant.
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Native to Paraguay, Uruguay, Congon (Citronella congonha) is a large shrub, usually 5-10 ft tall. Congon thrives best in full sun, with regular watering. It produces whitish perfumed flowers in the spring and drupe oblong or ovoid green 1/2 inch fruits in the summer. Its simple, alternate, coriaceous, widely ovate leaves are typically edged with dentate spines and have an apex ended in a sharp spine. This ethnomedical plant is grown in USDA Zone 9-11 and requires a moderate amount of care.

For larger Congon plants, regular pruning of branches is recommended. To maintain a neat, attractive look, cut back a few of the largest stems after flowering. Since Congon is a slow-growing shrub, it will not require frequent pruning. To promote healthy growth and prevent diseases, fertilize Congon in the early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer.

In cold regions, Congon can be grown indoors. To successfully grow Congon, the container should be filled with a well-draining potting mix and watered regularly. Place the container in an area that receives bright indirect light and provide sufficient ventilation during the warmer months. Feed Congon with a balanced fertilizer every 2-3 months and keep the soil evenly moist.

Citronella congonha (gongonha), Congon, Naranjillo
Citronella congonha (gongonha), Congon, Naranjillo

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Pyrenacantha malvifolia, Monkey Chair

Pyrenacantha malvifolia

Monkey Chair
Family: Icacinaceae
Origin: Eastern Africa
Plant with caudexVine or creeper plantSemi-shadeFull sunModerate water

Native to Eastern Africa, Pyrenacantha malvifolia is a peculiar evergreen creeper, also known as the Monkey Chair plant. It has established itself as a popular houseplant thanks to its striking caudex and lovely blooms. Its canopy is full of clusters of yellowish-white, sweetly fragranced flowers from which then develop little fruits.

The vine grows best in full sun or semi-shade conditions. As a general rule, it is best to keep the soil moist and not overly watered. Growers in cold regions must take extra care with Pyrenacantha malvifolia. The pot should be brought to a sheltered area during winter months.

Overall, it is a great choice for those looking for an exotic beauty to add to their home garden. With proper care and maintenance, this plant will reward you with its vibrant foliage and captivating blooms.

Pyrenacantha malvifolia, Monkey Chair

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