Xylopia aethiopica (Dunal) A.Rich.

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Synonyms: Habzelia aethiopica (Dunal) A. DC.
Unona aethiopica Dunal
Uvaria aethiopica (Dunal) A. Rich.
Xylopia eminii Engl.
Xylopicrum aethiopicum (Dunal) Kuntze
Common names: Many red-fingers (English)
Status: Native
Tall evergreen tree with a straight stem, sometimes buttressed. Bark grey-brown, fairly smooth; branches red-brown to blackish, with numerous and conspicuous lenticels. Leaves oblong-elliptic to ovate, 8-16.5 cm long, leathery, apex with a distinct drip-tip up to 2 cm long, bluish-green and hairless above, covered in brown appressed hairs below, net-veining prominent on both surfaces; margin entire; petiole short and thick, usually dark-coloured. Flowers solitary or in 2-5-flowered clusters, greenish-white to yellow, strongly scented. Petals linear, up to 5 cm long. Fruit of many cylindric carpels, up to 6 cm long, hairless, usually diagonally ridged, green or reddish.
Derivation of specific name: aethiopica: of Ethiopia, a historic name for large parts of Africa
Habitat: In evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 800 - 1620 m
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: From Senegal to the Sudan and Uganda and South to Angola, DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Dowsett-Lemaire, F; & White, F. (1990). New and noteworthy plants from the evergreen forests of Malawi Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 60(1/2) Page 75.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 237.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 40.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Xylopia aethiopica
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West African Plants database: Xylopia aethiopica

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: Xylopia aethiopica.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123860, retrieved 31 May 2016

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