Cussonia natalensis Sond.

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Cussonia natalensis

Photo: Petra Ballings
By main Harare/Mutare Rd west of Marondera

Cussonia natalensis

Photo: Petra Ballings
By main Harare/Mutare Rd west of Marondera

Cussonia natalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr upper dam, Hillside Dams, Bulawayo

Cussonia natalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr upper dam, Hillside Dams, Bulawayo

Cussonia natalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Harare - Mutare rd between Meacheke and Headlands

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Synonyms:
Common names: Mufenje (Shona) Mushondya (Shona) Mutobvi (Shona) Rock cabbage tree (English) Simple-leaved cabbage tree (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Small deciduous tree. Bark fissured and corky, dark grey to brown. Leaves deeply 5-lobed but not divided, up to 12 × 20 cm, hairless, shiny green, turning golden yellow in autumn; margin serrate-dentate; petiole up to 30 cm. Flowers small, greenish-yellow, borne in terminal clusters of cylindric spikes up to 15 cm long. Fruit borne along the spikes, spherical, c. 6 mm in diameter, fleshy, purple when ripe.
Notes: See C. arborea and C. spicata for leaf comparisons.
Derivation of specific name: natalensis: of Natal, South Africa
Habitat: In woodland, often in rocky places
Altitude range: (metres) 1420 - 1820 m
Flowering time:Feb - May
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal South africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 2 January 2016
Literature:

Cannon, J.F.M. (1978). Araliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 629 - 630.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 265.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 30.


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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 natalensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=142920, retrieved 30 August 2016

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