Khaya anthotheca (Welw.) C. DC.

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Khaya anthotheca

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chirinda Forest

Khaya anthotheca

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Hotel Golf Course, Vumba

Khaya anthotheca

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Hotel Golf Course, Vumba

Khaya anthotheca

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Hotel Golf Course, Vumba

Khaya anthotheca

Photo: Mark Hyde
By Mazowe River, Hippo Pools

Khaya anthotheca

Photo: Mark Hyde
By Mazowe River, Hippo Pools

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Synonyms: Khaya nyasica Stapf ex Baker f.
Common names: Mubarwa (Shona) Mururu (Shona) Muwawa (Shona) Red mahogany (English)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Description:
Large to very large evergreen tree with a long straight stem. Bark fairly smooth but flaking; large trees often buttressed. Leaves spirally arranged, paripinnate with 2-7 pairs of leaflets; leaflets oblong-elliptic, up to 17 cm long, glossy green above, paler below, glabrous, apex abruptly tapering in to a short point, base slightly asymmetric; margin entire. Flowers in axillary branched heads, white, c. 1 cm in diameter, sweetly scented. Fruit ovoid, woody, 3 - 5 cm in diameter, splitting into 4-5 valves, pale brown. Seeds winged.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In evergreen and riverine forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1400 m
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 23 December 2006
Literature:

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 222 - 225. as Khaya nyasica (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. As Khaya nyasica

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Pages 32 - 33. as Khaya nyasica (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 121.


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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Khaya anthotheca
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Khaya anthotheca
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West African Plants database: Khaya anthotheca


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: Khaya anthotheca.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133440, retrieved 31 August 2016

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