Brachystegia spiciformis Benth.

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Brachystegia spiciformis

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Cleveland Dam

Brachystegia spiciformis

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Osborne Dam Recreational Park

Brachystegia spiciformis

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Bunga Views, Vumba

Brachystegia spiciformis

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11, Blue Haze Lane, Umwinsidale

Brachystegia spiciformis

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Haka Game Park

Brachystegia spiciformis

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Haka Game Park

Brachystegia spiciformis

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Haka Game Park

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Synonyms: Brachystegia bragaei Harms
Brachystegia randii Baker f.
Common names: Igonde (Ndebele) Msasa (Shona) Musasa (Shona) Mutatsa (Shona)
Frequency: Common in most of Zimbabwe
Status: Native
Description:
Deciduous tree. Leaflets (2-)4-5(-6) pairs per leaf, the terminal pair the largest; ± ovate to elliptic, glabrous, often asymmetric, held in the plane of the leaf; margin without hairs. Racemes up to 6 × 4.5 cm, usually unbranched, terminal, occurring throughout the crown. Flowers green with white filaments, sweetly scented. Pedicel scars persistent. Bracteoles 5-10 × 4-5 mm. Tepals 0 or 1-2, usually rudimentary. Pods up to 16.5 × 4.5 cm, scattered through the crown, glabrous.
Notes: It is the splendid pallet of colours from the new leaves that form the main spectacle in spring. For differences between Msasa and the similar Munondo see Julbernardia globiflora.
Derivation of specific name: spiciformis: resembling a spike, presumably referring to the inflorescence
Habitat: A widespread and dominant constituent of the Miombo woodland
Altitude range: (metres) 1060 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Acada biseriatus (Food plant)
Gonometa robusta (Food plant)
Charaxes protoclea azota (Food plant)
Micraphe lateritia (Larval foodplant)
Grammodora nigrolineata (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Monday 28 September 2015
Literature:

Bingham, M.G. (2010). Notes on Zambian trees: Brachystegia spiciformis - Muputu Black Lechwe 17(1) Pages 16 - 18. (Includes a picture).

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Pages 101 - 104. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 119. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 81 - 84. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 212.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 243.

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 66 - 67. (Includes a picture).

Smith, P. & Allen, Q. (2004). Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the Miombo Woodlands Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ISBN 1 84246 073 0 Pages 106 - 107. (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 19. as Brachystegia bragaei (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 90.


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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: Brachystegia spiciformis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=126660, retrieved 30 August 2016

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