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Crossonephelis africana (Radlk.) Leenh. Melanodiscus oblongus Radlk. ex Taub.
Description: Small to medium-sized tree. Bark grey to brown, smooth, becoming rough in older trees; young branchlets velvety. Leaves alternate, paripinnate with 2-3 pairs of elliptic leaflets 17 × 7 cm, more or less thinly textured, mostly hairless; third and lowest pair, if present, much smaller, near the base of the petiole, resembling large stipules. Flowers pink and yellowish, c. 4 mm in diameter, in axillary spike-like inflorescences, together appearing as a terminal head up to 20 cm long, unisexual on different trees. Fruit a subspherical berry, up to 2.5 cm long, 2-lobed, velvety, orange to golden-brown. Seed ellipsoid, flattened, without an aril.
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Habitat: In woodland and forest, often in rocky places.
Altitude range: (metres)
Up to 1300 m
Flowering time: Sep - Apr
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Drummond, R.B. (1975). Kirkia 10(1) Page 256. As Crossonephelis africanus Comments
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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.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Glenniea africana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137420, retrieved 29 May 2016
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