Bersama abyssinica Fresen.[Agg]

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Bersama abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd, nr Westaway

Bersama abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd, nr Westaway

Bersama abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Jill Wylie Nature Reserve

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Common names: Chereke (Shona) Munyahawa (Shona) Mushekera (Shona) Winged bersama (English)
Description: Medium-sized evergreen tree. Leaves pinnate with 5 - 10 pairs of leaflets and a terminal leaflet. The central rhachis is distinctly winged. The leaflet margins may be entire or toothed. Flowers in spike-like inflorescences, greenish to cream. Fruit a velvety spherical capsule, splitting into 4 valves, revealing bright red seeds.
Notes: This record covers all subspecies combined.
Derivation of specific name: abyssinica: of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Also Angola, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda.
Growth form(s): Tree.
Insects associated with this species: Anthene definita definita (Larval foodplant)
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Image last updated: Monday 1 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 28.

White, F. (1966). Melianthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 545 - 547.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 95.

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Flora of Malawi: Bersama abyssinica
Flora of Mozambique: Bersama abyssinica
Flora of Zambia: Bersama abyssinica
Flora of Zimbabwe: Bersama abyssinica

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

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: Bersama abyssinica., retrieved 21 June 2024

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