Botanical name: Catha edulis
Synonym: Celastrus edulis
Common name: Khat, Qat, Abyssinian tea, Arab tea, Arabian tea
Native to: Horn of Africa
Life cycle: perennial
Flower colour: white
Flower time (Central / West-Europe): -
Characteristics and usage: Ornamental plant, medicinal plant, ritual plant, fresh leaves contains cathinone
Weight of 1000 seeds: -
Seeds per gram: -
Cultivation / direction of sowing: Soak in warm water for a day before sowing, the seeds may be sown in pots filled with compost or seeding mix about 5mm deep, temperature for germination best 35-40°C.
Kat, an evergreen tree, it grows to a height of 20m, but is usually kept as a manageable shrub in cultivation. A native of North East Africa, it prefers well drained soils in a sunny position, and is drought and frost tender.
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