Terminalia sericea Burch. ex DC.

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Terminalia sericea

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Terminalia sericea

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Terminalia sericea

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Terminalia sericea

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Greystone Park NR

Terminalia sericea

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Rd to Bikita

Terminalia sericea

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Greystone Park Nature Reserve

Terminalia sericea

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Camp Amalinda, Matobo

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Synonyms: Terminalia velutina sensu Eyles
Common names: Mangwe (Shona) Mukonono (Shona) Mususu (Shona) Mutabvu (Shona) Silver cluster-leaf (English) Silver terminalia (English) Umangwe (Ndebele)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized deciduous tree. Branches reddish-brown, peeling in strips. Leaves crowded at the ends of branches obovate-elliptic, bluish-green above, paler below, often, but not always, densely covered in silvery hairs. Flowers in axillary spikes, pale-yellow to creamy-white. Fruit an oval nut surrounded by a flat wing. The fruits are often parasitised and form a deformed mass of thin galls (image 5).
Derivation of specific name: sericea: with silky appressed hairs (sericeous)
Habitat: Occurring in a variety of types of open woodland, particularly in sandy soils. It may be one of the co-dominant species with Brachystegia, Mopane, Combretum or Acacia.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania and DRC southwards to Angola and Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Hamanumida daedalus (Food plant)
Laeliopsis punctuligera (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Saturday 9 September 2006

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 147 - 151. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 498 - 499. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 263.

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 166 - 167. (Includes a picture).

Exell, A.W. (1978). Combretaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 169 - 173. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 362. (Includes a picture).

Roodt, V. (1998). Trees and Shrubs of the Okavango Delta Shell Field Guide Series: Part I Shell Oil Botswana, Gaberone. Pages 50 - 53. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 48.

Smith, P. & Allen, Q. (2004). Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the Miombo Woodlands Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ISBN 1 84246 073 0 Pages 138 - 139. (Includes a picture).

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 204.


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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: Terminalia sericea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=142210, retrieved 25 August 2016

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