Strombosia scheffleri Engl.

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Strombosia scheffleri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chirinda Forest

Strombosia scheffleri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chirinda Forest

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Synonyms: Strombosia toroensis S. Moore
Common names: Strombosia (English)
Status: Native
Large evergreen tree with a fluted trunk. Bark smooth, dark purple-brown, flaking to reveal a pattern of paler patches. Leaves alternate, oblong, 7-20 cm, shiny light green above, hairless; margin entire. Flowers small and inconspicuous, clustered on dwarf spur-branchlets, yellowish green. Fruit oblong, c. 2.5 cm, depressed at the apex around the remains of the style.
Derivation of specific name: scheffleri: named after J.C. Scheffler, 18th century botanist from Danzig
Habitat: In (sub) montane evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct
Worldwide distribution: From West Africa to DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 219. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 236.

Garcia, J.G. (1963). Olacaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 334 - 336. (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 128.


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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: Strombosia scheffleri., retrieved 25 October 2016

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