Androstachys johnsonii Prain

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Androstachys johnsonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Androstachys johnsonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Androstachys johnsonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

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Common names: Lebombo ironwood (English) Musimbiti (Shona) Simbi-tree (English)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Medium-sized, evergreen tree. Bark distinctive and rough; young branchlets densely covered in whitish, woolly hairs. Leaves opposite with pairs clearly set at right angles, ovate to heart-shaped, green to blue-green above, covered in dense white woolly hairs below; margin entire. Flowers axillary, unisexual on different trees. Male flowers yellow with a long staminal column; female flowers yellow borne at the end of a long, white, hairy stalk. Fruit a 3-lobed capsule, yellow to reddish-brown.
Notes: The wood is extremely hard and durable and the straight stems of younger trees are often used for building huts.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: On rocky outcrops and hillsides in deciduous woodland, often forming dense stands.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Content last updated: Tuesday 21 March 2006


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-15

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Androstachys johnsonii., retrieved 1 February 2015

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