Polyscias fulva (Hiern) Harms

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Polyscias fulva

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Vumba rd near Genaina Lodge.

Polyscias fulva

Photo: Bart Wursten
Fallen tree in Castleburn Forest

Polyscias fulva

Photo: Bart Wursten
Old hotel site near Best Kept Secret cottages, Vumba

Polyscias fulva

Photo: Bart Wursten
Edge of camp site, Chirinda Forest

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Synonyms:
Common names: Mutengambiya (Shona) Parasol tree (English)
Description: Large evergreen tree with a straight trunk, branches forming at high level. Leaves large up to 80 cm long, imparipinnate with 9-12 pairs of leaflets, terminal leaflet sometimes absent; leaflets, more or less narrowly ovate, 9-16 cm long, dark green and hairless above, covered in rusty-cream stellate hairs below; apex pointed; base lobed, clasping the rhachis; margin entire. Flowers small creamy-green, honey-scented in large, loose axillary heads. Fruit ovoid, up to 6 × 4 mm, ribbed, crowned with the remains of the styles.
Notes: The status of the record from the Central Division is discussed in Note 1.
Derivation of specific name: fulva: tawny, reddish-yellow
Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Widely distributed throughout tropical Africa
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Image last updated: Sunday 6 August 2006
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 78. (Includes a picture).

Cannon, J.F.M. (1978). Araliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 625 - 627. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 845 - 846.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 28.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 264.

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 19.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 27.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 46.

Tennant, J.R. (1968). Araliaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 12 - 14. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 450 - 451. (Includes a picture).

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 154 - 155. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Polyscias fulva
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African Plant Database: Polyscias fulva
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Polyscias fulva
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Polyscias fulva
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Polyscias fulva
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Polyscias fulva
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Polyscias fulva
Ispot Southern Africa : Polyscias fulva
JSTOR Plant Science: Polyscias fulva
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Polyscias fulva
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Polyscias fulva
Tropicos: Polyscias fulva
West African Plants database: Polyscias fulva


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Polyscias fulva.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=142900, retrieved 29 June 2016

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