Bolusanthus speciosus (Bolus) Harms

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Bolusanthus speciosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Golden Stairs rd, north of Harare

Bolusanthus speciosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Golden Stairs rd, north of Harare

Bolusanthus speciosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Golden Stairs rd, north of Harare

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Synonyms: Lonchocarpus speciosus Bolus
Common names: Impaca (Ndebele) Mpaca (Ndebele) Mubacha (Shona) Mukweshangoma (Shona) Mupaka (Shona) Murutsa (Shona) Mushengamhara (Shona) Tree wisteria (English) Umbambangwe (Ndebele)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Small, deciduous tree, often multi-stemmed with drooping foliage. Bark dark, rough and vertically fissured. Leaves imparipinnate with 3-7 pairs of leaflets plus a terminal leaflet; leaflets lanceolate with an asymmetric base, up to 7 cm; midrib and lateral veins yellowish and conspicuous; margin entire or irregularly scalloped. Flowers in striking, pendulous, terminal sprays, blue to deep mauve. Fruit a flat narrow pod up to 7 cm, straw-coloured to grey-black when ripe.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: speciosus: showy, good-looking
Habitat: In open woodland and wooded grassland, often with mopane.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1600 m
Flowering time:Aug - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 13 January 2007
Literature:

Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 29.

Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. and Verdcourt, B. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(3) Pages 35 - 37. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 313 - 316. (Includes a picture).

Davies, H.F. (Undated). Alphabetical Catalogue of Plants growing in the gardens of Ewanrigg National Park, Arcturus. [Possibly not published (typed only)] Page 5.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 217.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 244.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 62.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 22.


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West African Plants database: Bolusanthus speciosus


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: Bolusanthus speciosus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=127280, retrieved 24 August 2016

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