Bersama abyssinica Fresen.[Agg]

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Bersama abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd, nr Westaway

Bersama abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd, nr Westaway

Bersama abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Jill Whiley Nature Reserve

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Common names: Chereke (Shona) Munyahawa (Shona) Mushekera (Shona) Winged bersama (English)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Medium-sized evergreen tree. Leaves pinnate with 5 - 10 pairs of leaflets and a terminal leaflet. The central rhachis is distinctly winged. The leaflet margins may be entire or toothed. Flowers in spike-like inflorescences, greenish to cream. Fruit a velvety spherical capsule, splitting into 4 valves, revealing bright red seeds.
Notes: This record covers all subspecies combined.
Derivation of specific name: abyssinica: of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
Habitat: Along streams, in wooded ravines and at the margins of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Also Angola, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Monday 1 January 2007

Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 28.


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Flora of Malawi: Bersama abyssinica
Flora of Mozambique: Bersama abyssinica
Flora of Zambia: Bersama abyssinica
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Bersama abyssinica

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African Plant Database: Bersama abyssinica
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Bersama abyssinica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Bersama abyssinica
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Bersama abyssinica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Bersama abyssinica
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Bersama abyssinica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Bersama abyssinica
Ispot Southern Africa : Bersama abyssinica
JSTOR Plant Science: Bersama abyssinica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Bersama abyssinica
Tropicos: Bersama abyssinica
West African Plants database: Bersama abyssinica

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: Bersama abyssinica., retrieved 28 October 2016

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