Milicia excelsa (Welw.) C.C. Berg

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Milicia excelsa

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare.

Milicia excelsa

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare.

Milicia excelsa

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare.

Milicia excelsa

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare.

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Synonyms: Chlorophora alba A. Chev.
Chlorophora excelsa (Welw.) Benth. & Hook. f.
Chlorophora tenuifolia Engl.
Milicia africana Sim
Morus excelsa Welw.
Common names: Iroko (English) Mvule (Shona)
Frequency: Very rare
Status: Native
Medium to large tree. Bark pale grey, rough and flaking in to squarish pieces. Leaves elliptic to oblong with an acuminate tip, dark green with conspicuous yellowish midrib and veins; base more or less cordate. Flowers unisexual on different trees. Male spikes much longer (8-20 cm) than the female (2-3 cm). Fruit fleshy, ellipsoid, mulberry-like, brown when ripe.
Notes: Confined to the Haroni / Rusitu area and to the Chilojo Cliffs by the Runde river in Gonarezhou, where there are only a handful of mature trees.
Derivation of specific name: excelsa: lofty, tall
Habitat: In moist forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 300 - 500 m
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa from Guinee-Bissau to Ethiopia and southwards to Angola and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Endangered
Insects associated with this species: Cyrestis camillus sublineata (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Tuesday 9 September 2014

Berg, C.C. (1991). Moraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Pages 16 - 18. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2003). Figs of Southern and South-Central Africa Umdaus Press, South Africa Pages 327 - 331. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 130.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 234. As Chlorophora excelsa

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 63.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 80.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 393 - 395. (Includes a picture).


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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: Species information: Milicia excelsa., retrieved 27 October 2016

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