Vernicia fordii (Hemsl.) Airy Shaw

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Vernicia fordii

Photo: Mark Hyde
In garden in Close off St Michael's Lane, Borrowdale, Harare

Vernicia fordii

Photo: Mark Hyde
In garden in Close off St Michael's Lane, Borrowdale, Harare

Vernicia fordii

Photo: Mark Hyde
In garden in Close off St Michael's Lane, Borrowdale, Harare

Vernicia fordii

Photo: Mark Hyde
In garden in Close off St Michael's Lane, Borrowdale, Harare

Vernicia fordii

Photo: Mark Hyde
In garden in Close off St Michael's Lane, Borrowdale, Harare

Vernicia fordii

Photo: Mark Hyde
In garden in Close off St Michael's Lane, Borrowdale, Harare

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Synonyms: Aleurites fordii Hemsl.
Common names: China wood-oil-tree (English) Tung nut (English) Tung tree (English) Tung-oil tree (English)
Description: Tree, to 15 m with appressed golden-sericeous indumentum. Leaves: petiole long, to 25 cm; lamina broadly ovate, entire to 3-lobed, with 2 sessile discoid glands at the base of the lamina and one in each of the sinuses of the lobes. Inflorescences usually bisexual, broadly corymbose. Flowers appearing before the leaves. Male flowers: petals c.3 cm, clawed, white; staminal column to 2 cm. Female flowers similar to male but ovary sparingly pubescent. Fruit c. 3.5 × 4 cm, subspherical, apiculate, smooth or faintly lined.
Notes: This species is included on the basis the record in the checklist of Chirinda Forest species where it is recorded as cultivated and naturalised.
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Worldwide distribution: Southern China, Burma and northern Vietnam; commonly cultivated in the tropics
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Image last updated: Saturday 22 October 2005
Literature:

Biegel, H.M. (1977). Check-list of ornamental plants used in Rhodesian parks and gardens. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal. Research Report No. 3. Page 20.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 302 - 303. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Vernicia fordii
African Plant Database: Vernicia fordii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Vernicia fordii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Vernicia fordii
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Vernicia fordii
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Vernicia fordii
JSTOR Plant Science: Vernicia fordii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Vernicia fordii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Vernicia fordii
Plants of the World Online: Vernicia fordii
Tropicos: Vernicia fordii
Wikipedia: Vernicia fordii


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Vernicia fordii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=135360, retrieved 28 October 2020

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