Trichilia emetica Vahl
subsp. emetica

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Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

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Synonyms: Trichilia natalensis Sond.
Trichilia roka Chiov.
Common names: Banket mahogany (English) Muchichiri (Shona) Mutsikiri (Shona) Natal mahogany (English)
Description: Medium-sized to large evergreen tree. Leaves imparipinnate with 3-5 pairs of leaflets and a terminal leaflet; leaflets opposite or subopposite, elliptic or oblong-elliptic, mostly up to 12 cm, glossy dark green above, densely covered in curled hairs below, midrib, sunken, lateral veins closely spaced; margins entire, often rolled under. Flowers in dense terminal and axillary sprays, creamy green, fragrant. Fruit a spherical woody capsule, velvety, pale green, c. 2.5 cm in diameter, splitting into 2-3 valves, revealing black seeds, largely hidden in a bright red aril.
Derivation of specific name: emetica: referring to its use as an emetic in traditional medicine.
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Also in Yemen.
Growth form(s): Tree.
Insects associated with this species: Pselaphelia flavivitta (Food plant)
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Image last updated: Saturday 7 April 2007

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 226 - 230. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 310 - 311. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 250.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 102. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 86.

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

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 219. as Trichilia emetica

White, F. & Styles, B.T. (1963). Meliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 299 - 302. As Trichilia emetica (Includes a picture).

Other sources of information about Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica:

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Flora of Botswana: Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica
Flora of Caprivi: Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica
Flora of Malawi: Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica
Flora of Mozambique: Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica
Flora of Zambia: Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica
Flora of Zimbabwe: Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Trichilia emetica
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Trichilia emetica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Trichilia emetica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Trichilia emetica
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Trichilia emetica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Trichilia emetica
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Trichilia emetica
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Trichilia emetica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Trichilia emetica
Ispot Southern Africa: Trichilia emetica
JSTOR Plant Science: Trichilia emetica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Trichilia emetica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Trichilia emetica
The Plant List (version 1.1): Trichilia emetica
Tropicos: Trichilia emetica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica., retrieved 17 December 2017

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