Trichilia dregeana Sond.

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Trichilia dregeana

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Mukuvisi Woodland, office area

Trichilia dregeana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland, office area

Trichilia dregeana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland, office area

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Synonyms: Trichilia chirindensis Swynn. & Baker f.
Common names: Forest natal mahogany (English) Muchichiri (English) Mutsikiri (Shona) White mahogany (English)
Description: Medium to large evergreen tree. Leaves imparipinnate with 3-4 pairs of leaflets and a terminal leaflet. Leaflets opposite or alternate, obovate to oblanceolate, glossy green above, glabrous or somewhat hairy below; margins entire. Flowers in short axillary sprays, creamy white; petals more than 2 cm. Fruit a spherical, velvety capsule, c. 3.5 cm in diameter, splitting into 3-4 valves, revealing black seeds, largely hidden in a bright orange-red aril.
Derivation of specific name: dregeana: named after Johan Drège (1794 - 1881), German Botanist in South Africa.
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Guinée, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Growth form(s): Tree.
Insects associated with this species: Pselaphelia flavivitta (Food plant)
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Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 250.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 62.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 33. as Trichilia chirindensis (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 121.

White, F. & Styles, B.T. (1963). Meliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 298 - 299.

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Flora of Malawi: Trichilia dregeana
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Trichilia dregeana
African Plant Database: Trichilia dregeana
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Trichilia dregeana
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Trichilia dregeana
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Trichilia dregeana
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Trichilia dregeana
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Trichilia dregeana
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Trichilia dregeana
Ispot Southern Africa: Trichilia dregeana
JSTOR Plant Science: Trichilia dregeana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Trichilia dregeana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Trichilia dregeana
The Plant List (version 1.1): Trichilia dregeana
Tropicos: Trichilia dregeana

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Trichilia dregeana., retrieved 16 January 2018

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