Schotia brachypetala Sond.

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Schotia brachypetala

Photo: Penny English
Near Mtezegwe weir, Bubye Valley Conservancy

Schotia brachypetala

Photo: Penny English
Near Mtezegwe weir, Bubye Valley Conservancy

Schotia brachypetala

Photo: Penny English
Near Mtezegwe weir, Bubye Valley Conservancy

Schotia brachypetala

Photo: Penny English
Near Mtezegwe weir, Bubye Valley Conservancy

Schotia brachypetala

Photo: Penny English
Near Mtezegwe weir, Bubye Valley Conservancy

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Synonyms: Schotia semireducta Merxm.
Common names: African walnut (English) Fuchsia tree (English) Mutondochuru (Shona) Mutondoshuru (Shona) Mutondosvi (Shona) Nyamari (Shona) Weeping boer-bean (English) Weeping schotia (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Leaves with 4-7 pairs of leaflets; the leaflets with an oblique base; rhachis sometimes narrowly winged. Inflorescence a dense congested panicle, often borne on the old wood. Flowers red, with a shiny wet appearance. Petals 5, all reduced to linear filaments or with 1-4 developing normally. Seeds brown with a yellow pointed aril.
Derivation of specific name: brachypetala: with short petals
Habitat: Usually on termite mounds; also a riverine tree in the southern lowveld.
Altitude range: (metres) 620 - 1470 m
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Charaxes castor flavifasciatus (Larval foodplant)
Anthene definita definita (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Thursday 19 October 2017

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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 49.

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 42.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 213.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 243.

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 68 - 69. (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 44.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 72.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 26.

Sturgeon, K.E. (1954). A Revised List of the Grasses of Southern Rhodesia, Part IV. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal 51(1) Pages 119 - 121. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Schotia brachypetala
Flora of Mozambique: Schotia brachypetala
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Schotia brachypetala

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Schotia brachypetala
African Plant Database: Schotia brachypetala
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Schotia brachypetala
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Schotia brachypetala
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Schotia brachypetala
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Schotia brachypetala
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Schotia brachypetala
JSTOR Plant Science: Schotia brachypetala
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Schotia brachypetala
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Schotia brachypetala
Plants of the World Online: Schotia brachypetala
Tropicos: Schotia brachypetala
Wikipedia: Schotia brachypetala

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: Schotia brachypetala., retrieved 26 January 2023

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