Pancovia golungensis (Hiern) Exell & Mendonça

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Synonyms: Aphania golungensis Hiern
Common names: False soap-berry (English)
Frequency: Rare in Zimbabwe
Status: Native
Shrub or slender tree. Bark pale grey-brown smooth; young branches hairless with reddish lenticels. Leaves spirally arranged, imparipinnate, up to 30 cm long mostly with 3-4 pairs of leaflets; leaflets elliptic-oblong with a driptip, 8-14 cm long, thinly textured, hairless; margin entire, sometimes wavy; petiolules short. Flowers in axillary spikes or racemes and on the old wood, unisexual on different trees, white or cream. Fruit with 2-3 ovoid carpels, up to 2.5 × 2 cm, joined at the base, orange-yellow, sometimes velvety.
Notes: Very rare in Zimbabwe. Known from a few records from unprotected areas in the Burma Valley, seriously threatened by land resettlement.
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Habitat: Evergreen forest, mainly (outside Zimbabwe) in coastal areas.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Possibly also in Zambia.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status:
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
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Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 648.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 108.

Exell, A.W. (1966). Sapindaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 525 - 528. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 76.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 432 - 433. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (2013). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Second edition) Struik, South Africa Pages 502 - 503. (Includes a picture).

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 533 - 535. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Pancovia golungensis., retrieved 25 September 2017

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