Clausena anisata (Willd.) Hook. f. ex Benth.

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Clausena anisata

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Nyamaropa Falls, Wattle Co. Estate.

Clausena anisata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyamaropa Falls, Wattle Co. Estate.

Clausena anisata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Crimsonwing cottage, Seldomseen, Vumba

Clausena anisata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Crimsonwing cottage, Seldomseen, Vumba

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Synonyms: Clausena abyssinica (Engl.) Engl.
Clausena inaequalis (DC.) Benth.
Common names: Horsewood (English) Maggot killer (English) Muvengahonye (Shona) Muvhunambezo (Shona)
Frequency: Locally common in high rainfall areas
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Leaves pinnately compound with 10-17 alternate or subopposite leaflets and a terminal leaflet. The leaves are densely dotted with glands and have a strong scent when crushed. The scent has been likened to aniseed and opinions vary on its pleasantness. Inflorescence a branched axillary spray; flowers small but attractive, white with orange-yellow stamens.
Derivation of specific name: anisata: aniseed-scented
Habitat: In, and on the margins of, evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2150 m
Flowering time:Aug - Nov
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Papilio ophidicephalus chirinda (Food plant)
Papilio dardanus cenea (Food plant)
Papilio demodocus demodocus (Food plant)
Papilio echeroides chirindanus (Larval foodplant)
Papilio nireus lyaeus (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Tuesday 4 April 2006

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 249.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 28. usena inequalis (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 171.


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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: Clausena anisata., retrieved 29 August 2016

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