Castanea sativa Mill.

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Castanea sativa

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the Nyamheni Road, near turn-off to Seldomseen, Vumba

Castanea sativa

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the Nyamheni Road, near turn-off to Seldomseen, Vumba

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Synonyms: Castanea vesca Gaertn.
Common names: Sweet chestnut (English)
Description: Large deciduous tree to 30 m. Leaves 10-25 cm, oblong-lanceolate; margin serrate-dentate with aristate teeth; glabrous above, pubescent beneath, also becoming glabrous. Catkins 12-20 cm, with conspicuous white anthers; male flowers numerous; female few. Fruit 2-3.5 cm, brown, shiny. Cupule green, bearing dense branched spines.
Derivation of specific name: sativa: cultivated, not wild
Flowering time:Sep-Nov
Worldwide distribution: Native from the Mediterranean to the Caucasus; widely planted and naturalised elsewhere.
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Image last updated: Wednesday 29 July 2009

Maroyi, A. (2006). Preliminary checklist of introduced and naturalized plants in Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(2) Page 221.

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

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: Species information: Castanea sativa., retrieved 29 November 2023

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