Filicium decipiens (Wight & Arn.) Thwaites

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Filicium decipiens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Katiyo Tea Estates, Lower Pungwe River

Filicium decipiens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Katiyo Tea Estates, Lower Pungwe River

Filicium decipiens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pungwe River at Katiyo Tea Estate

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Common names: Fern-leaf (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Medium to large evergreen tree. The winged petiole and rhachis on the pinnate leaves give a fern-like impression.
Derivation of specific name: decipiens: deceptive
Habitat: Occurring in forested ravines and in riverine and evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1350 m
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, East Africa and southwards to Zimbabwe and Mozambique; also southern India, Sri Lanka and Fiji
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Images last updated: Sunday 25 February 2007

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 259. (Includes a picture).

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

Exell, A.W. (1966). Sapindaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 534 - 537. (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: Filicium decipiens., retrieved 28 October 2016

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