Allophylus africanus P. Beauv.

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Allophylus africanus

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road to Haka.

Allophylus africanus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Robins Camp to the Matetsi Safari Area gate, Hwange NP

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Synonyms: Allophylus rhodesicus Exell
Common names: African allophylus (English) African false currant (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Leaves trifoliolate; leaflets obovate, variously hairy; margin dentate, serrate or almost entire. Inflorescences axillary, often branched, spike-like. Flowers small creamy-yellow. Fruit fleshy, near-spherical, red to black when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: africanus: African
Habitat: In riverine thickets, open woodland and forest edges, often associated with termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres) 960 - 1540 m
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Throughout Tropical Africa extending to the Eastern Cape, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Insects associated with this species: Charaxes varanes varanes (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Wednesday 7 March 2007

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 407.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 256.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 100.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 172.


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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: Allophylus africanus., retrieved 26 May 2016

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