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.

Mendonça, F. A. (1963). Rutaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 191 - 193. (Includes a picture).

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 22 October 2016

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