Cola greenwayi Brenan

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Cola greenwayi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Cola greenwayi

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forest off the Woodland Rd, Vumba

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Synonyms: Cola microcarpa Brenan
Common names: Hairy cola (English)
Description: Small to medium-sized evergreen tree. Leaves alternate, elliptic to oblanceolate, dark green, leathery with conspicuous veining. Young leaves purple-brown. The leaves have a distinct hairy swelling (pulvinus) below the blade(see image 2). Flowers in clusters along the stems, small, rusty-brown, densely covered in soft hairs.
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Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Image last updated: Saturday 7 April 2007

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 275. as Cola greenwayi greenwayi (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 592. As Cola greenwayi greenwayi (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 14. As Cola greenwayi greenwayi

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 18.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 260.

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 80.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 178.

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 75.

Wild, H. (1960-1). Sterculiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 559 - 560. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Cola greenwayi
Flora of Mozambique: Cola greenwayi
Flora of Zambia: Cola greenwayi
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cola greenwayi

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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: Species information: Cola greenwayi., retrieved 18 May 2024

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