"Mpingo Alley" at the Moshi Mpingo Plot at Kiungi, south of Moshi. These rows of mpingo trees were planted in different years, going back to 1996. The largest are now 4-5" (10-12 cm.) in diameter. They were planted from seeds Sebastian gathered from strong, healthy mature parent trees in various locations south and west of Kilimanjaro to insure good genetic vitality. They are now producing seeds which the ABCP is using for replanting. Because they are growing in a compact orchard spacing, pollination is very efficient, insuring a bountiful seed crop, as compared to wild mpingo which are often widely scattered and subject to the whims of wind and chance for their pollination. The genetic variability of this parent crop insures viable and healthy seeds for the future when mixed with some wild mpingo seeds, but much less wild seed harvesting is needed with this convenient nursery seed source.
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