Chrysophyllum gorungosanum Engl.

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Chrysophyllum gorungosanum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Chrysophyllum gorungosanum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

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Synonyms: Chrysophyllum boivinianum auct.
Chrysophyllum fulvum S. Moore
Common names: Brown-berry fluted-milkwood (English) Fluted milkwood (English) Muchanje (Shona) Muchanza (Shona)
Status: Native
Large evergreen tree with a long, straight stem, which is characteristically fluted. Leaves narrowly to broadly oblong-elliptic, shiny dark green and glabrous above, covered in rusty or silvery velvet hairs below. Midrib and lateral veins clearly visible; margin entire. Flowers in short, axillary clusters, whitish, densely covered by rusty hairs. Fruit ellipsoid to almost spherical, covered in dark brown hairs.
Notes: In forest situations the leaves may be confused with those of Englerophytum magalismontanum. The latter usually has narrower leaves with the lateral veins obscured by the velvet hairs on the underside.
Derivation of specific name: gorungosanum: of Mt Gorongosa in Mozambique, where the type was collected.
Habitat: In evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Cameroon, Angola, DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Thursday 18 December 2008

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 266.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 174.


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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: Chrysophyllum gorungosanum., retrieved 27 May 2016

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