Calpurnia aurea (Aiton) Benth.
subsp. aurea

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Calpurnia aurea subsp. aurea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Belingwe

Calpurnia aurea subsp. aurea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Belingwe

Calpurnia aurea subsp. aurea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Belingwe

Calpurnia aurea subsp. aurea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Belingwe

Calpurnia aurea subsp. aurea

Photo: Mark Hyde
Blue Kerry, Meg Coates Palgrave's garden

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Synonyms: Calpurnia lasiogyne E. Mey.
Calpurnia subdecandra (L'Hér.) Schweick.
Podalyria aurea (Aiton) Willd.
Robinia subdecandra L'Hér.
Sophora aurea Aiton
Virgilia aurea (Aiton) Lam.
Common names: Muguru (Shona) Wild laburnum (English)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree, up to 7 m tall, densely pubescent on young branches and inflorescences. Leaves imparipinnate, 6-24 cm long with 5-15 pairs of leaflets.Leaflets oblong-ovate to oblong-obovate, mostly 2.5-4 cm long, rounded to notched at the apex, sometimes mucronate, pubescent on both surfaces. Inflorescences in pendulous 8-26-flowered racemes, 7-24 cm long. Flowers golden yellow. Pod flattened, 5-12 cm long with a narrowly winged suture, straw-coloured to brown when mature.
Derivation of specific name: aurea: golden.
Habitat: Along the margins of evergreen and riverine forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Above 900 m
Flowering time:Oct - Feb (-May)
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, CAR, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and eastern South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 17 April 2015

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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 46.

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7) Pages 53 - 55. (Includes a picture).

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Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Pages 22 - 23.

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Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 452 - 453. (Includes a picture).

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Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 94.

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Flora of Caprivi: Calpurnia aurea subsp. aurea
Flora of Mozambique: Calpurnia aurea subsp. aurea
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Calpurnia aurea subsp. aurea

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Calpurnia aurea
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Calpurnia aurea
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Wikipedia: Calpurnia aurea

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: Calpurnia aurea subsp. aurea., retrieved 25 July 2024

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