Trichilia dregeana Sond.

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Trichilia dregeana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland, office area

Trichilia dregeana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland, office area

Trichilia dregeana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland, office area

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Synonyms: Trichilia chirindensis Swynn. & Baker f.
Common names: Forest natal mahogany (English) Muchichiri (English) Mutsikiri (Shona) White mahogany (English)
Status: Native
Medium to large evergreen tree. Leaves imparipinnate with 3-4 pairs of leaflets and a terminal leaflet. Leaflets opposite or alternate, obovate to oblanceolate, glossy green above, glabrous or somewhat hairy below; margins entire. Flowers in short axillary sprays, creamy white; petals more than 2 cm. Fruit a spherical, velvety capsule, c. 3.5 cm in diameter, splitting into 3-4 valves, revealing black seeds, largely hidden in a bright orange-red aril.
Derivation of specific name: dregeana: named after Johan Drège (1794 - 1881), German Botanist in South Africa.
Habitat: In evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Guinée, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Pselaphelia flavivitta (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Saturday 23 December 2006

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 250.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 33. as Trichilia chirindensis (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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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: Trichilia dregeana., retrieved 31 May 2016

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