Schrebera alata (Hochst.) Welw.

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Schrebera alata

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Altar site, Mutare, Vumba Rd

Schrebera alata

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Maleme Dam, nr main rd

Schrebera alata

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5, Hervey Close, Belvedere, Harare

Schrebera alata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Upper part of Hill Complex, Great Zimbabwe

Schrebera alata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Upper part of Hill Complex, Great Zimbabwe

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Synonyms: Schrebera argyrotricha Gilg
Schrebera gilgiana Lingelsh.
Schrebera mazoensis S. Moore
Common names: Khombva (Hlengwe) Mukundambezo (Shona) Muti-usina-zita (Shona) Mutisi (Shona) Umbazankeno (Ndebele) Umdakane (Ndebele) Umnetazulu (Ndebele) Umphokopokwane (Ndebele) Wing-leaved wooden pear (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Tree 4-15 m. Leaves imparipinnate with 5(-7) leaflets; rhachis and petiole often winged. Leaflets: terminal 3-14 ×1.2-5.5 cm, elliptic or obovate, glabrous above, glabrous or pilose beneath; apex rounded to acuminate; margin entire. Inflorescence a terminal, several-many-flowered cyme with pedicels up to 2 mm. Corolla lobes (5-)6-7, 3-7 mm, each with an area of dark hairs reaching only halfway from mouth of corolla tube to petal margin. Anthers 1.25-2 mm. Fruit a clavate capsule, 2.5-4.5 cm, containing 8 winged seeds.
Derivation of specific name: alata: winged
Habitat: At the margins of mist-belt forest and open woodland
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1600 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Acherontia atropos (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Monday 9 July 2012

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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: Schrebera alata., retrieved 28 May 2016

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