Teclea nobilis Delile

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Teclea nobilis

Photo: Bart Wursten

Teclea nobilis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands lay-by, Vumba

Teclea nobilis

Photo: Bart Wursten
John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

Teclea nobilis

Photo: Bart Wursten
John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

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Synonyms: Teclea natalensis sensu auct.
Vepris nobilis (Delile) Mziray
Common names: Mumbanziti (Shona) Ruwanziri (Shona) Small-fruited teclea (English)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Evergreen shrub or tree. Leaves 3-foliolate with narrowly elliptic leaflets, aromatic when crushed, glossy dark green. Flowers in axillary and terminal branched sprays, creamy yellow-green, sweetly scented. Fruits in large clusters, orange-red when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: nobilis: noble, stately
Habitat: In riverine and evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, East Africa and south to Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Papilio dardanus cenea (Food plant)
Papilio demodocus demodocus (Food plant)
Papilio nireus lyaeus (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Tuesday 9 January 2007

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 256. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 248.

Mendonça, F. A. (1963). Rutaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 206 - 208. (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 29.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 171. as Vepris nobilis


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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: Teclea nobilis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133180, retrieved 27 October 2016

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