Bersama swynnertonii Baker f.

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Bersama swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Seldomseen, Vumba

Bersama swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

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Synonyms:
Common names: Purple bersama (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Description:
Small to medium-sized evergreen tree. Leaves pinnate with 1 to 3 pairs of leaflets and a terminal leaflet, sometimes appearing 3-foliolate. Flowers in conspicuous racemes, greenish to cream at first, turning pink to purple with age. Fruit a spherical capsule, wrinkled, splitting into 4 valves, revealing bright orange and yellow seeds.
Notes: The plant is said to be poisonous to life-stock.
Derivation of specific name: swynnertonii: named after Charles Francis Massey Swynnerton (1877-1938), well-known naturalist, who first recorded and collected many species of flora and fauna in and around the Chirinda Forest
Habitat: Edges of evergreen and riverine forest
Altitude range: (metres) 1070 - 1660 m
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe and adjacent areas of Mozambique
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 257.

Shone, D.K. & Drummond, R.B. (1965). Poisonous Plants of Rhodesia Ministry of Agriculture, Rhodesia Pages 40 - 41. (Includes a picture).


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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: Bersama swynnertonii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137580, retrieved 30 May 2016

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