Cussonia spicata Thunb.

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Cussonia spicata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Globe Rock, Vumba

Cussonia spicata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Globe Rock, Vumba

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Common names: Cabbage tree (English) Mufenje (Shona) Musheme (Shona) Mushondya (Shona)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Medium sized evergreen tree with a much branched rounded crown. Bark grey and corky. Leaves twice digitate, large, up to 70 cm long with 5-9 primary divisions or pinnae. Each pinna digitately divided again; petiolules often broadly winged. Flowers small yellowish-green, in terminal umbels of thick-set spikes resembling strange candelabras of microphones. Fruit angular, 4-6 mm in diameter, purple-brown.
Derivation of specific name: spicata: in spikes, spicate
Habitat: A tree of open terrain, found on rocky outcrops in montane grassland, bracken scrub and forest margins.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2500 m
Flowering time:Nov - May
Worldwide distribution: Widely distributed in eastern and southern tropical Africa and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Images last updated: Sunday 6 August 2006


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Flora of Mozambique: Cussonia spicata
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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Cussonia spicata

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African Plant Database: Cussonia spicata
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Cussonia spicata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cussonia spicata
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cussonia spicata
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cussonia spicata
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Cussonia spicata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cussonia spicata
Ispot Southern Africa : Cussonia spicata
JSTOR Plant Science: Cussonia spicata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cussonia spicata
Tropicos: Cussonia spicata
West African Plants database: Cussonia spicata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-15

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cussonia spicata., retrieved 27 November 2015

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