Stereospermum kunthianum Cham.

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Stereospermum kunthianum

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Nr Chikupo Cave, Masembura CL

Stereospermum kunthianum

Photo: Mark Hyde
By Mazowe River, Hippo Pools

Stereospermum kunthianum

Photo: Mark Hyde
By Mazowe River, Hippo Pools

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Common names: Kabvevesango (Shona) Mutandangozi (Shona) Pink jacaranda (English)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Small, to medium-sized tree, sometimes only a small shrub. Bark grey, smooth, sometimes flaking, revealing pale underbark. Leaves opposite, imparipinnate with 4 pairs of leaflets and a terminal leaflet; leaflets oblong, mostly c. 8 × 3 cm with short hairs; margin entire or rarely obscurely dentate. Flowers in large panicles, showy, pink with red streaks on the lower corolla lobes, 3-4 cm in diameter. Flowering before the new leaves appear. Fruit a long. slender capsule, 35-50 cm, flattened, reddish brown, dehiscent. Seeds winged.
Derivation of specific name: kunthianum: probably named after Karl Sigismund Kunth (1788-1850), German professor of botany at the University of Berlin and Vice President of the botanical garden. Also co-author of Nova Genera et Species Plantarum (1815-1825).
Habitat: On rocky hillsides, in open woodland, on termite mounds and along the margins of riverine forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Senegal to Ethiopia and South to Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Images last updated: Saturday 7 October 2006

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 115. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 45 - 48. as Stereospermum kuntheanum (Includes a picture).

Diniz, M.A. (1988). Bignoniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(3) Pages 77 - 79. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 273.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 30.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 62.


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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: Stereospermum kunthianum., retrieved 26 October 2016

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