Ritchiea albersii Gilg

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Ritchiea albersii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shelf above western side lower Vanduzi Valley, Mt Gorongosa.

Ritchiea albersii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shelf above western side lower Vanduzi Valley, Mt Gorongosa.

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Common names: Ritchiea (English)
Frequency: Rare in Zimbabwe, reaching the southern limit of its distribution in Chirinda Forest.
Status: Native
Small tree. Leaves spirally arranged, palmate, usually with 5 leaflets, sometimes 3, glossy dark green, hairless, apex with a soft hair-like tip; petiole up to 10 cm long. Flowers in axillary or terminal few-flowered spikes; petals long and narrow, white; stamens numerous, up to 4 cm long. Fruit ellipsoid, up to 4.5 × 2.5 cm, smooth or slightly grooved, brown, splitting into 4 valves.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In understorey and margins of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Probably Jan - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Southern Nigeria, Cameroon, DRC, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 31 January 2009

De Wolf, G.P. (1961). The Genus Ritchiea in East and West Africa Kirkia 1 Pages 96 - 97.

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

Wild, H. (1960). Capparaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 243 - 244. (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: Ritchiea albersii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=124410, retrieved 22 October 2016

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