Cola greenwayi Brenan

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Cola greenwayi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Cola greenwayi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forest off the Woodland Rd, Vumba

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Synonyms: Cola microcarpa Brenan
Common names: Hairy cola (English)
Frequency: Locally common in suitable habitats
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized evergreen tree. Leaves alternate, elliptic to oblanceolate, dark green, leathery with conspicuous veining. Young leaves purple-brown. The leaves have a distinct hairy swelling (pulvinus) below the blade(see image 2). Flowers in clusters along the stems, small, rusty-brown, densely covered in soft hairs.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In evergreen forest, often as an understorey constituent.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania and Kenya southwards to Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Images last updated: Saturday 7 April 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 275. as Cola greenwayi greenwayi (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 260.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 178.

Wild, H. (1960-1). Sterculiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 559 - 560. (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: Cola greenwayi., retrieved 25 October 2016

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