Kiggelaria africana L.

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Kiggelaria africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Seldomseen, Vumba

Kiggelaria africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Seldomseen, Vumba

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Synonyms:
Common names: Mumboza (Shona) Pink-wood (English) Wild peach (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Description:
Small to medium-sized tree. Leaves spirally arranged, oblong-elliptic, dark green above, much paler, bluish-green or yellow-green beneath; margin entire or obscurely toothed. Flowers pale yellow to greenish, axillary, unisexual, sexes on different trees. Female flowers solitary; male flowers in sparsely branched heads. Fruit a spherical capsule, greyish yellow-green, rough and tuberculate on the outside, splitting into 5 valves, revealing black seeds in a sticky orange-red coating.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: africana: African
Habitat: In evergreen forest, wooded ravines and in montane grasslands, often among rocks.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Aug - Jan
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 25 July 2006
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 261.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 105.


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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: Kiggelaria africana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140680, retrieved 28 May 2016

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