Anthocleista grandiflora Gilg

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Anthocleista grandiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Botanic Garden

Anthocleista grandiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Eastern Highlands Tea Estate, Honde Valley

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Synonyms: Anthocleista zambesiaca Baker
Common names: Big-leaf (English) Forest big-leaf (English) Forest fever tree (English) Gururu (Shona) Mugopogopo (Shona) Muyama (Shona)
Status: Native
Tall straight-stemmed evergreen tree. Leaves very large, clustered near the ends of branches, obovate-oblong, stiff and leathery. Flowers in terminal branched clusters, trumpet-shaped with reflexed petals, creamy-white with a greenish tube. Fruit fleshy, near-spherical, smooth.
Derivation of specific name: grandiflora: large flowered
Habitat: In riverine forest and along forest margins, often in swampy places.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Jan
Worldwide distribution: East Africa southwards to northern South Africa and the Comores.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Images last updated: Saturday 11 February 2006

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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 176. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 541.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 268.

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. (1983). Loganiaceae (inc. Buddlejaceae) Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Page 329.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 116.


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African Plant Database: Anthocleista grandiflora
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Anthocleista grandiflora
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Anthocleista grandiflora
Ispot Southern Africa : Anthocleista grandiflora
JSTOR Plant Science: Anthocleista grandiflora
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Anthocleista grandiflora
Tropicos: Anthocleista grandiflora
West African Plants database: Anthocleista grandiflora

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: Anthocleista grandiflora., retrieved 24 October 2016

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