Haplocoelum foliolosum (Hiern) Bullock
subsp. foliolosum

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Synonyms: Balsamea foliolosa Hiern
Haplocoelum dekindtianum (Engl.) Radlk.
Pistaciopsis dekindtiana Engl.
Common names: Northern galla-plum (English)
Status: Native
Straggling shrub or small tree. Bark smooth, grey. Leaves spirally arranged or cluster-like on short, almost spine-like spur-branchlets, paripinnate with 3-16 pairs of small subsessile leaflets, up to 2 × 1 cm, more or less oblong-elliptic, distinctly asymmetric, often notched at the apex; rhachis velvety, often narrowly winged. Flowers in small axillary clusters often appearing before the leaves, cream-coloured, inconspicuous, unisexual on different trees. Fruit subspherical, c. 15 × 15 mm., mostly hairless when ripe, orange to red, edible. Seed 1, ellipsoid, 1-1.5 cm long, chestnut-brown, enclosed in a fleshy aril.
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Habitat: In open deciduous woodland, often on termite mounds or rocky kopjes.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Jun - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC (Katanga), Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & White, F. (1990). New and noteworthy plants from the evergreen forests of Malawi Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 60(1/2) Page 83.

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

Exell, A.W. (1966). Sapindaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 530 - 533. As Haplocoelum foliolosum (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 173.


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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: Haplocoelum foliolosum subsp. foliolosum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137440, retrieved 9 December 2016

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