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Cactus Fruit & Food’s kilome (part 1)

Classified as ‘invasive’ this plant that thrives in drylands is of economic importance for those in the know.

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Cactus veggie pies like these that provide superb morning tea snacks whether travelling or at home at a fraction of cost of similar snacks.

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Similar to ‘Okra’ in characteristics its also used for soups in Southern America’s and the southern states of US.

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and provides a superb breakfast meal when mixed with eggs. (will provide recipe in part 2)

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And just in case you were doubting existence of such meals locally in kilome – here’s a mini cactus pizza I was mmmh.. as I prepared this article.
So what do others say about this

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Plant?

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Young Explorer’s experience wild tortoises in Kilome

Nature has its Ways of surprises irrespective of season as some young explorers were to find out while on an expedition in kilome recently. Young, youthful and Adventurous Kenyan s from almost all parts of kenya were at it again, exploring their country as they experienced nature at its best in its natural environments.¬† An opportunity to breath Nature’s fresh air while stretching their bodies and experiencing new scenery, kilome was ready to give these guest’s a few surprises. From wild tortoises peeing on them to – ‘Oop’s’, almost sat on a basking snake! ūüôā With the community provided guides they stretched themselves hill after hill, valley after valley finally ending their adventure with an evening view of their starting point and with memories of Ukambani fruit. From kilome community, ‘asanda’ come again.. To engage your youthfulness this holiday season +254780891689

Kili view from kilome

Kilimanjaro from kilome ©muokikioko 2017

Boxing spiders of Kilome

©muoki kioko 2016

Armed with ‘black gloves’, protecting their bloodshot Red eyes are these ‘boxing spiders’ in kilome.

At home both on surfaces or as they glide ‘still’ on water surfaces – looking always ready to throw in a fewww punches on anything in their way. 

Armed with a front set of 4 Eyes and another two smaller eyes on the side, they are unalarmed at bigger objects in front of them like YoU!

*ID’d by Zarek Cocker as a ‘Salticidae – jumping spider’

Livestock Feeds

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Grasses of kilome © muoki kioko 2016

PASTURE
Brachiaria brizantha (Signal grass)
Brachiaria decumbens
Brachiaria milliformis
Brachiaria mutica (Para grass, Water grass)
Brachiaria ruziziensis (Ruzi grass)
Cenchrus ciliaris (Buffel grass)
Cynodon species
Dactylis glomerata (cocksfoot)
Digitaria decubens (Pangola grass)
Panicum maximum (Guinea grass)
Panicum maximum (Hamil grass)
Paspalum plicatulum
Urvillei
Pennisetum clandestinum (Kikuya grass)
Setaria sphacelata
Tripsacum laxum (Gautamala grass) etc.

LEGUMES
Centrosema pubescens
Desmodium intortum (Green leaf desmodium)
Desmodium uncinatum (Silver leaf desmodium)
Dolichos axillaris
Dolichos lab lab (lab lab bean)
Gliricidia maculata
Glicine javanica
Glicine wightii
Leucaena leucocephala (ipil-ipil)
Phaseolus atropurpureous(Siratro)
Pueraria phaseo-loides (Tropical Kudzu)
Stylosanthes guyanensis (Cook stylo)
Stylosanthes hamata
Stylosanthes humilis (Townsville lucerne)
Styzolobium atterimum (Velvet bean)
Trifolium pratense (Red clover)
Trifolium repens (White clover)
Trifolium rupellianum (African clover)
Trifolium semipilosum (Kenya white clover).

FODDERS
Some of the varieties listed under pastures and
legumes can also be used as fodders, e.g.
Brachiaria ruziziensis
Panicum varieties
Paspulum varieties
Glyricidia
Leucaena etc.
Some varieties that are used mainly as fodders are:
Pennisetum purpureum (Napier grass or Elephant grass) and its newly developed hybrids such as:
“NB 21” or “Poosa Giant Napier”
Fodder maize varieties
Newly developed hybrids
Fodder sorghum varieties
Newly developed hybrids etc.

adapted from Food & Agriculture organization (FAO)

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Snow in the skies..

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I was talking to a friend the other day and something caught my attention from behind them:
“a strangely shaped solo cloud”
or so I thought, but it had a flat top. Appearing above mature 30-40 year old eucalyptus trees my eyes kept shifting between my friend and this “cloud” until they turned, looked and asked..
“kwani u’ve never seen Kilimanjaro”?
I was looking at “the worlds highest free standing snow”
Then I remembered the description ‘worlds highest free standing mountain’. It’s height makes the top stick out somewhere in the middle of the skies especially when the slopes are not visible.

photos and text
©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Mauritian Tomb Bats in Kilome

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Mauritian Tomb Bat Kilome ©muokikioko'16

Mauritian Tomb Bat (Taphozous
mauritianus) that hangs upside down on surfaces seemingly ever alert and awake during the day suggesting it has a good eyesight.
Avoiding dark areas and instead opting for open spaces that allow it easy take-off, it can now be seen in Kilome.
Thought to exist only below 1000m, it’s resident above 1200m above sea level here.
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photos and text
©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

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