Schotia brachypetala Sond.

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Schotia brachypetala

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National Botanic Gardens, Harare

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Synonyms: Schotia semireducta Merxm.
Common names: African walnut (English) Fuchsia tree (English) Mutondochuru (Shona) Mutondoshuru (Shona) Mutondosvi (Shona) Nyamari (Shona) Weeping boer-bean (English) Weeping schotia (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Leaves with 4-7 pairs of leaflets; the leaflets with an oblique base; rhachis sometimes narrowly winged. Inflorescence a dense congested panicle, often borne on the old wood. Flowers red, with a shiny wet appearance. Petals 5, all reduced to linear filaments or with 1-4 developing normally. Seeds brown with a yellow pointed aril.
Derivation of specific name: brachypetala: with short petals
Habitat: Usually on termite mounds; also a riverine tree in the southern lowveld.
Altitude range: (metres) 620 - 1470 m
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Images last updated: Friday 19 September 2008

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Pages 33 - 35. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 213.

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 68 - 69. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 72.

Sturgeon, K.E. (1954). A Revised List of the Grasses of Southern Rhodesia, Part IV. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal 51(1) Pages 119 - 121. (Includes a picture).


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West African Plants database: Schotia brachypetala

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: Schotia brachypetala., retrieved 27 October 2016

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