4164.000 Swietenia Jacq.

Bailey, L.H. (1949) Manual of Cultivated Plants Revised edition. Macmillan, New York.

Staples, G.W. & Herbst, D.R. (2005) A Tropical Garden Flora; plants cultivated in the Hawaiian islands and other tropical places. Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Description of the genus

Deciduous trees. Leaves pinnately compound, leaflets entire, glabrous. Inflorescence axillary clusters or panicles. Calyx with 5 lobes; petals 5, strongly reflexed. Fruit an erect woody capsule, 5-valved, opening from base upwards with woody central core. Seeds numerous, winged.

Derivation of name: after Gerard von Swieten (1700-1772)

Worldwide: 3 species in tropical West Africa, tropical and sub-tropical America.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Swietenia
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Swietenia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2485, retrieved 20 April 2024

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