4559.000 Pseudospondias Engl.

Description of the genus

Shrubs or trees with peeling bark. Leaves alternate, imparipinnate, petiolate; leaflets opposite or alternate, petiolulate, lateral leaflet bases asymmetric. Flowers in axillary panicles, dioecious. Male flowers: calyx 3-4(-5)-partite; petals 3-4(-5)-partite, whitish; disk crenulate; pistillode reduced to four lobes; stamens 6-8(-10), often in two whorls of different lengths. Female flowers: perianth and disk similar to male; staminodes present; carpels 3-4(-5), usually only 1 fertile; styles 3-4(-5), very short, subapical; stigmas 3-4(-5), nearly sessile. Drupe oblong-obovoid; exocarp blue-black; mesocarp resinous; endocarp woody with 3-4(-5) opercula; 3-4(-5)-locular. [Description contributed by Dr Susan Pell]

Worldwide: 2 species in subsaharan Africa

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

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microcarpa (A. Rich.) Engl. var. hirsuta Brenan

Other sources of information about Pseudospondias:

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Flora of Mozambique: Pseudospondias
Flora of Zambia: Pseudospondias

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Pseudospondias
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Pseudospondias
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Pseudospondias
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pseudospondias
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pseudospondias

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Pseudospondias.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1640, retrieved 30 August 2014

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