Entada abyssinica Steud. ex A. Rich.

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Entada abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Honde Valley, nr Odzani turn-off

Entada abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Honde Valley, nr Odzani turn-off

Entada abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Osborne Dam RP

Entada abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Osborne Dam RP

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Common names: Splinter bean (English) Tree entada (English)
Frequency: Occasional in the E division
Status: Native
Small tree, without thorns. Leaves bipinnately compound, Acacia-like. Flowers creamy-white to yellowish in long fluffy spikes. Fruit a large papery pod, breaking up into one-seeded segments, leaving only the thin woody rim on the tree.
Derivation of specific name: abyssinica: of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
Habitat: Open savannah woodland
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2040 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Sierra Leone to Eritrea and south to Angola, Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Charaxes zoolina zoolina (Food plant)
Charaxes etesipe tavetensis (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Tuesday 26 June 2007

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 16 - 17. (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 212. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 24.

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.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 94.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Entada abyssinica
Flora of Malawi: Entada abyssinica
Flora of Mozambique: Entada abyssinica
Flora of Zambia: Entada abyssinica

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Entada abyssinica
African Plant Database: Entada abyssinica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Entada abyssinica
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Entada abyssinica
JSTOR Plant Science: Entada abyssinica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Entada abyssinica
Plants of the World Online: Entada abyssinica
Tropicos: Entada abyssinica
Wikipedia: Entada 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: Species information: Entada abyssinica.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=126490, retrieved 30 May 2024

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