Observations on the Growth of Vitex Keniensis Turrill (Meru Oak) In Plantation

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1981/1982
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Kigomo B.N
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Vitex keniensis Turrill (Meru Oak) is an indigenous timber species in Kenya bel'Onging to the £ami~y Verbenaceae. The tree grows natumlly in tihe eastern and southern parts 'Of mount Kenya natural forests between 1,530 and 2,000 metres above sea level (a.s.1.). At this altitude t'he tl'ee attains a maximum height O'f 30 metres with a clear bo.le of 15 metres (Dale and Greenway, 1961). Meru Oak pr'oduces timber of moderate durability 'in terms of termite and fungal attack and easy workability. Its timber is mainly used for furniture, ca:binets and joinery (Bengough, 1971).
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, XLVI (1-4), p. 32-37