Bolusanthus speciosus (Bolus) Harms

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Bolusanthus speciosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Golden Stairs rd, north of Harare

Bolusanthus speciosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Golden Stairs rd, north of Harare

Bolusanthus speciosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Golden Stairs rd, north of Harare

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Synonyms: Lonchocarpus speciosus Bolus
Common names: Impaca (Ndebele) Mpaca (Ndebele) Mubacha (Shona) Mukweshangoma (Shona) Mupaka (Shona) Murutsa (Shona) Mushengamhara (Shona) Tree wisteria (English) Umbambangwe (Ndebele)
Description: Small, deciduous tree, often multi-stemmed with drooping foliage. Bark dark, rough and vertically fissured. Leaves imparipinnate with 3-7 pairs of leaflets plus a terminal leaflet; leaflets lanceolate with an asymmetric base, up to 7 cm; midrib and lateral veins yellowish and conspicuous; margin entire or irregularly scalloped. Flowers in striking, pendulous, terminal sprays, blue to deep mauve. Fruit a flat narrow pod up to 7 cm, straw-coloured to grey-black when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: speciosus: showy, good-looking
Flowering time:Aug - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Image last updated: Saturday 13 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 29.

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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 286. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 9.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 6.

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 313 - 316. (Includes a picture).

Davies, H.F. (Undated). Alphabetical Catalogue of Plants growing in the gardens of Ewanrigg National Park, Arcturus. [Possibly not published (typed only)] Page 5.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 217.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 244.

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 46.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 62.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 22.

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Flora of Botswana: Bolusanthus speciosus
Flora of Malawi: Bolusanthus speciosus
Flora of Mozambique: Bolusanthus speciosus
Flora of Zambia: Bolusanthus speciosus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Bolusanthus speciosus

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Bolusanthus speciosus
African Plant Database: Bolusanthus speciosus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Bolusanthus speciosus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Bolusanthus speciosus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Bolusanthus speciosus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Bolusanthus speciosus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Bolusanthus speciosus
JSTOR Plant Science: Bolusanthus speciosus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Bolusanthus speciosus
Plants of the World Online: Bolusanthus speciosus
Tropicos: Bolusanthus speciosus
Wikipedia: Bolusanthus speciosus

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: Species information: Bolusanthus speciosus., retrieved 24 June 2024

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