Amblygonocarpus andongensis (Welw. ex Oliv.) Exell & Torre

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Amblygonocarpus andongensis

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Sikumi Forest, north of Elephant's eye pan

Amblygonocarpus andongensis

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Sikumi Forest, north of Elephant's eye pan

Amblygonocarpus andongensis

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Sikumi Forest, north of Elephant's eye pan

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Synonyms: Amblygonocarpus obtusangulus (Welw. ex Oliv.) Harms
Amblygonocarpus schweinfurthii Harms
Tetrapleura andongensis Welw. ex Oliv.
Common names: Scotsman's rattle (English) Umnonjwana (Ndebele)
Status: Native
Medium-sized deciduous tree. All parts hairless. Leaves bipinnate with 2-5 pairs of pinnae; leaflets sub-opposite, oblong to ovate, c. 2 × 3 cm; petiole without a gland. Flowers in 1-2 axillary spikes, white, fading to yellow; stamens yellow. Pods very characteristic, 4-sided, up to 17 × 3.5 cm, dark glossy brown.
Derivation of specific name: andongensis: named after Pungo Andongo in Angola where the type specimen was collected.
Habitat: In deciduous woodland
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1370 m
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Images last updated: Monday 5 January 2015

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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 231. (Includes a picture).

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Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 215.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 242.

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 45.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 61.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 210.

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Flora of Botswana: Amblygonocarpus andongensis
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Amblygonocarpus andongensis
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Amblygonocarpus andongensis
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Wikipedia: Amblygonocarpus andongensis

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: Amblygonocarpus andongensis., retrieved 18 May 2024

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