Maprounea africana Müll. Arg.

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Maprounea africana

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Levasflor, Cheringoma, Sofala, Mozambique.

Maprounea africana

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Levasflor, Cheringoma, Sofala, Mozambique.

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Synonyms: Excoecaria magenjensis Sim
Maprounea obtusa Pax
Maprounea vaccinioides Pax
Common names: Magic nut (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Small deciduous tree. Bark very rough and corky, grey to blackish, sometimes but not always with milky sap. Leaves alternate, ovate to lanceolate-elliptic, 2-8 cm long, thinly leathery, bronze-red when young and before falling, bright green above, bluish below, lateral veins yellow; margin entire. Flowers in short dense, almost ball-shaped spikes, yellowish, unisexual in the same inflorescence. Fruit 3-lobed, c. 10 mm in diameter, red to brown.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: africana: African
Habitat: Occurring in open woodland, riverine fringes, often on sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1600 m
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Nigeria to Tanzania and South to Angola, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 31 August 2008
Literature:

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 336. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 253.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 325 - 327. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 57.

Smith, P. & Allen, Q. (2004). Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the Miombo Woodlands Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ISBN 1 84246 073 0 Pages 60 - 61. (Includes a picture).


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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: Maprounea africana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=135740, retrieved 27 May 2016

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