Alangium chinense (Lour.) Harms

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Synonyms: Alangium begoniifolium (Roxb.) Baill.
Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Slender tree. Leaves alternate, variously ovate, conspicuously 4-5 veined from the markedly asymmetric base. Young leaves often palmately lobed. Flowers in small axillary clusters, creamy-white to pale yellow with golden hairs., sweetly scented. Fruit fleshy, flattened, crowned with the remains of the old calyx.
Notes: It is known from only two localities in Zimbabwe, where it was recorded during the late 1970s. The subpopulation at Mtarazi Falls had only two mature specimens; the subpopulation in Chirinda Forest had about seven young specimens. Recent surveys were unsuccessful at rediscovering them. The species is listed as Critically Endangered.
Derivation of specific name: chinense: of China
Habitat: In moist evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 m (approx)
Flowering time:Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status:
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 56. (Includes a picture).

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & White, F. (1990). New and noteworthy plants from the evergreen forests of Malawi Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 60(1/2) Page 75.

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

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 120 - 121. (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: Alangium chinense., retrieved 28 June 2016

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