Afrocarpus (J. Buchholz & N. E. Gray) C. N. Page

Description of the genus

Evergreen dioecious trees, up to 60 m high but usually smaller. Bark thin, often peeling. Leaves spirally arranged or opposite in young plants, linear to lanceolate, flat, leathery, with a single visible midrib. Stomata present found on both surfaces. Male pollen cones and female seed cones borne on separate plants. Cones shortly pedunculate, developing from axillary buds. Male cones 2-3 together, narrowly cylindrical, catkin-like. Cones with numerous, microsporophylls each with two basal pollen sacs. Female cones solitary. Small scale-like leaves present on the peduncles. Sterile cone scales and one fertile cone scale present in each cone. Sterile scales withering as the cone matures, not forming a fleshy receptacle as in Podocarpus. Seeds drupe-like, subglobose to elliptic or obovoid, greenish to yellow or brown.

Derivation of name: Afro-, referring to the African origin of this genus.

Worldwide: 3-6 species in tropical and South Africa.

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.

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falcatus (Thunb.) C.N. Page
gracilior (Pilg.) C.N. Page

Other sources of information about Afrocarpus:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Afrocarpus
Flora of Mozambique: Afrocarpus

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Afrocarpus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Afrocarpus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Afrocarpus
Wikipedia: Afrocarpus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Afrocarpus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Afrocarpus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Afrocarpus., retrieved 1 April 2023

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