Strelitzia caudata R.A. Dyer

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Strelitzia caudata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castle Beacon, Vumba

Strelitzia caudata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castle Beacon, Vumba

Strelitzia caudata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Cliffs, Vumba

Strelitzia caudata

Photo: Neil Crouch
Red wall Cave to Paradise Pool, Chimanimani N.P.

Strelitzia caudata

Photo: Neil Crouch
Around hut, Chimanimani N.P.

Strelitzia caudata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mtarazi Falls, Nyanga.

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Common names: Mountain strelitzia (English)
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Tall, banana-like tree up to 8m, with a fan-shaped crown.
Notes: This species was formerly considered conspecific with Strelitzia nicolai, which is now restricted to the coastal region of eastern South Africa. In leaf only, it could be confused with Ensete ventricosum but it differs from that species in the long leafless woody stem and the distinctly stalked, greyish-green leaves.
Derivation of specific name: caudata: abruptly ending in a long tail-like tip
Habitat: In high altitude areas of steeply sloped grassland or ericoid scrub.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Border mountains of Zimbabwe and Mozambique (including Mt Gorongosa), Eswatini and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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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 62. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 118 - 119.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 142.

Diniz, M.A. & Lock, J.M. (2010). Strelitziaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(4) Pages 112 - 113. (Includes a picture).

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 112.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 64 - 65. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 56 - 57. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 86.

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Flora of Mozambique: Strelitzia caudata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Strelitzia caudata
African Plant Database: Strelitzia caudata
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Strelitzia caudata
Plants of the World Online: Strelitzia caudata
Tropicos: Strelitzia caudata
Wikipedia: Strelitzia caudata

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: Species information: Strelitzia caudata., retrieved 14 April 2024

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