Trichilia emetica Vahl
subsp. emetica

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Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica

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Crocodile Farm, Kariba

Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

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Synonyms: Trichilia natalensis Sond.
Trichilia roka Chiov.
Common names: Banket mahogany (English) Muchichiri (Shona) Mutsikiri (Shona) Natal mahogany (English)
Frequency: Common at medium and lower altitudes
Status: Native
Description:
Medium-sized to large evergreen tree. Leaves imparipinnate with 3-5 pairs of leaflets and a terminal leaflet; leaflets opposite or subopposite, elliptic or oblong-elliptic, mostly up to 12 cm, glossy dark green above, densely covered in curled hairs below, midrib, sunken, lateral veins closely spaced; margins entire, often rolled under. Flowers in dense terminal and axillary sprays, creamy green, fragrant. Fruit a spherical woody capsule, velvety, pale green, c. 2.5 cm in diameter, splitting into 2-3 valves, revealing black seeds, largely hidden in a bright red aril.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: emetica: referring to its use as an emetic in traditional medicine.
Habitat: In riverine forest and woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1310 m
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa to KwaZulu-Natal, S Africa. Also in Yemen.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Pselaphelia flavivitta (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Saturday 7 April 2007
Literature:

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 310 - 311. (Includes a picture).


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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Trichilia emetica
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Trichilia emetica
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West African Plants database: Trichilia emetica


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133570, retrieved 23 October 2014

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