Cussonia arborea Hochst. ex A. Rich.

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Cussonia arborea

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Gatsi CL, below Mtarazi Falls

Cussonia arborea

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Cleveland Dam, Harare

Cussonia arborea

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Quarry kopje, Cleveland Dam

Cussonia arborea

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Braai site, Haka game park

Cussonia arborea

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4x4 Club, Donnybrook, Arcturus Road, Harare

Cussonia arborea

Photo: Petra Ballings
4x4 Club, Donnybrook, Arcturus Road, Harare

Cussonia arborea

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Harare-Mutare road between Macheke and Headlands.

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Synonyms: Cussonia kirkii Seem.
Common names: Mufenje (Shona) Mushondya (Shona) Mutobvi (Shona) Octopus cabbage tree (English) Umelemele (Ndebele)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Small to medium sized deciduous tree. Bark rough and corky, pale brown. Leaves digitate or palmate with 5-9 ovate-elliptic leaflets; margin crenate or dentate, sometimes entire; petiole up to 50 cm long. Flowers small, borne in terminal clusters of slender spikes up to 50 cm long. Fruit borne along the elongated spikes, spherical, c. 5 mm in diameter, thinly fleshy, purple when ripe.
Notes: See C. natalensis and C. spicata for leaf comparisons.
Derivation of specific name: arborea: tree-like
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland, often in rocky terrain.
Altitude range: (metres) 850 - 1750 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Widely distributed throughout tropical Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 2 January 2016
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 78. (Includes a picture).

Cannon, J.F.M. (1978). Araliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 628 - 629.

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 33 - 36. as Cussonia kirkii (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 28.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 264.

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 174 - 175. (Includes a picture).

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 78 - 79. (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: Cussonia arborea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=142910, retrieved 27 August 2016

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