The Growth of Camphor (Ocotea Usambarensis Engl.) In Plantation in the Eastern Aberdare Range, Kenya

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1987
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Kigomo B. N.
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Ocotea usambarensis Engl. (East African camphor), is an indigenous timber species in Kenya belonging to the family Lauraceae. The tree is one of the most important timber species remaining in Kenya and its exploitation in the natural forests has been heavy. Camphor grows naturally in the southern and eastern natural forests of Mt. Kenya, eastern slopes of Aberdare range and has also been reported to grow in Taita Hills (Wimbush, 1950, and Dale and Greenway, 1961). It occurs naturally in the highlands between altitudes and 2,440 metres above mean sea level (a.:s.I.), but is more prevalent between 1,830 and 2,150 metres a.s.1. At the optimum natural occurrence, the tree attains a dbh of 200 cm and maximum height of 45 m with a clear bole of 9-15 m.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, LII No.3 (January 1987), p. 141-147