Pancovia golungensis (Hiern) Exell & Mendonça

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Synonyms: Aphania golungensis Hiern
Common names: False soap-berry (English)
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, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Red data list status: Critically Endangered
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Exell, A.W. (1966). Sapindaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 525 - 528. (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 26 July 2017

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