Pericopsis angolensis (Baker) Meeuwen

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Pericopsis angolensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Osborne Dam RP

Pericopsis angolensis

Photo: Petra Ballings
Zambezi National Park.

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Synonyms: Afrormosia angolensis (Baker) De Wild.
Ormosia angolensis Baker
Common names: Afrormosia (English) Chivanga (Shona) Muanga (Shona) Mubanga (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Muwanga (Shona) Ubanga (Ndebele)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Medium to large tree. Bark smooth, pale grey to whitish, with large irregularly shaped thin pieces peeling off the lower trunk. Leaves alternate, imparipinnate with 7 to 10(-13) leaflets arranged alternately or rarely in opposite pairs. Flowers in terminal branched inflorescences, pale pink to purple with a darker centre and veining, covered with golden-brown hairs on the calyx. Fruit a flattened pod, pale brown with narrow wings along the margins.
Notes: FZ separates this species into two forms: f. angolensis, in which the petiole, leaf rhachis and midrib of leaflets beneath are conspicuously hairy and f. brasseuriana (De Wild.) Brummitt in which they are glabrous or subglabrous and often conspicuously dark in colour.
Derivation of specific name: angolensis: of Angola
Habitat: In woodland and wooded grassland at medium altitudes and below.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1700 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
Insects associated with this species: Abantis zambesiaca (Larval foodplant)
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Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(3) Pages 32 - 35. As forma angolensis & forma brasseuriana (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 167. (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 324. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 43.

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 353. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 309 - 312. as Afrormosia angolensis (Includes a picture).

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 71.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 225.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 244.

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 84 - 85. (Includes a picture).

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1967). The influence of copper content of the soil on trees and shrubs of Molly South Hill, Mangula Kirkia 6(1) Pages 63 - 84.

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 50.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 63.

Smith, P. & Allen, Q. (2004). Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the Miombo Woodlands Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ISBN 1 84246 073 0 Pages 130 - 131. (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 26. as Ormosia angolensis

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 101 - 102.

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 74.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 460 - 461. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (2013). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Second edition) Struik, South Africa Pages 536 - 537. (Includes a picture).

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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: Pericopsis angolensis., retrieved 19 May 2024

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