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|Common name||Coral Shower Tree, Pink shower tree, Horse cassia,|
|Therapeutic uses||The bitter fruit pulp is used as a laxative and purgative and reported to be powerful. Drunk with milk, it is said to fight anaemia and add iron to the blood. The ripe pods and seeds are also used as a laxative. A decoction of the leaves is used as a laxative and in the treatment of lumbago. The fresh juice of the leaves is used externally in the treatment of ringworm.|
|Germination||Sow the seed in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate in excess of 60% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 8 - 12 days.
When the seedlings are 4 - 6cm tall, pot them up into individual containers and they should be ready to plant out 5 - 6 months later.
Seed can be stored for prolonged periods without loss of viability.
|Scarification / Stratification||The seed has a hard seed coat and may benefit from scarification before sowing to speed up germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seed coat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing.|
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