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Description: Small to medium-sized tree, sometimes multi-stemmed. Bark flaking in sizeable pieces giving a mottled grey appearance. Leaves spirally arranged, paripinnate, up to 15 cm long, with 2-3 pairs of elliptic leaflets, up c. 10 × 4 cm, shiny green and hairless above, paler and minutely hairy below, leathery with midrib prominent on both sides, apex rounded, often notched; margin entire. Flowers in axillary, catkin-like racemes, greenish-cream, unisexual on the same tree. Fruit 1-3-lobed, c. 12 mm in diameter, velvety, green to red. Seeds 1 in each lobe, c. 1 cm in diameter, brown, enclosed in a olive-green to red aril.
Notes: Not listed in Endemic Plant species of Zimbabwe (Mapaura in Kirkia 18-1, 2002) but the restricted distribution of this subspecies should qualify it as a Near- Endemic.
Derivation of specific name:
oppositifolia: with opposite leaves
Habitat: In rocky gorges and on kopjes.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time: Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: South-eastern Zimbabwe and eastern Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa. Subsp. oppositifolia is known from Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar and Reunion.
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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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 Stadmania oppositifolia rhodesica
Sapindaceae Exell, A.W. (1966). Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Page 533. As Stadmania oppositifolia rhodesica 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: Stadmannia oppositifolia subsp. rhodesica.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137460, retrieved 28 September 2016
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