Heteropyxis dehniae Suess.

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Heteropyxis dehniae

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Heteropyxis dehniae

Photo: Bart Wursten

Heteropyxis dehniae

Photo: Bart Wursten

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Common names: Chisurudza (Shona) Inkiza ye ntaba (Ndebele) Lavender tree (English) Mubanda (Shona) Mutandavarombo (Shona) Nyakanebve (Shona)
Frequency: Common in suitable habitats
Status: Native
Tree to 20 m. Bark distinctive, ± smooth, pale grey, sometimes almost white, with pale yellowish-brown patches where outer bark has fallen off. Leaves: petiole to 2.5 cm; lamina (3-)6-14 × (1-)2-4(-5) cm, usually broadly lanceolate, sometimes ovate, gland-dotted and with domatia, ± pubescent when young, glabrescent; base attenuate; apex acute. Cymes paniculate, male panicles larger than female; rhachis of inflorescence and pedicels usually densely pubescent. Male flowers: petals 2 × 2 mm, subcircular. Female flowers: style to 2.5 mm, stigma papillose, reddish. Capsule 3-4 × 2-2.5 mm, ellipsoid, gland-dotted. Outer seeds 2-3 × 0.5 mm.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Among rocks on kopjes and hillsides
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 13 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 180. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 172 - 173. (Includes a picture).

Fernandes, A. (1978). Heteropyxidaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 212 - 215. (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 57. as Heteropyxis ruto-rhamnoides (nom. nud. for H. natalensis)


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West African Plants database: Heteropyxis dehniae

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: Heteropyxis dehniae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=142480, retrieved 29 September 2016

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