Xylia torreana Brenan

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Xylia torreana

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Xylia torreana

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Xylia torreana

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

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Common names: Hairy sand ash (English) Zambezi ash (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized deciduous tree. Leaves twice compound with only 1 pair of pinnae, each pinna with 3-6 pairs of large leaflets. Flowers in spherical heads, pale yellow. Pods woody, broad and flattened, covered in brown velvet hairs when young.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In hot, dry woodland, particularly mopane woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 500 m
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 29 October 2005

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 34 - 35. (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 233. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 216.

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.

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Flora of Malawi: Xylia torreana
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Xylia torreana
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Wikipedia: Xylia torreana

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: Species information: Xylia torreana.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=126430, retrieved 24 September 2023

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