Entada abyssinica Steud. ex A. Rich.

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Entada abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Honde Valley, nr Odzani turn-off

Entada abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Honde Valley, nr Odzani turn-off

Entada abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Osborne Dam RP

Entada abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Osborne Dam RP

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Common names: Splinter bean (English) Tree entada (English)
Frequency: Occasional in the E division
Status: Native
Small tree, without thorns. Leaves bipinnately compound, Acacia-like. Flowers creamy-white to yellowish in long fluffy spikes. Fruit a large papery pod, breaking up into one-seeded segments, leaving only the thin woody rim on the tree.
Derivation of specific name: abyssinica: of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
Habitat: Open savannah woodland
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2040 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Sierra Leone to Eritrea and south to Angola, Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Charaxes zoolina zoolina (Food plant)
Charaxes etesipe tavetensis (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Tuesday 26 June 2007

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 16 - 17. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 215.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 242.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 94.


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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: Entada abyssinica.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=126490, retrieved 23 October 2016

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