Mundulea sericea (Willd.) A. Chev.

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Mundulea sericea

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Borrowdale Common

Mundulea sericea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common

Mundulea sericea

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Mukuvisi Woodland office area

Mundulea sericea

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Mazowe River, between camp and weir, Hippo Pools

Mundulea sericea

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Mazowe River, between camp and weir, Hippo Pools

Mundulea sericea

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Mazowe River, between camp and weir, Hippo Pools

Mundulea sericea

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Mazowe River, between camp and weir, Hippo Pools

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Synonyms: Cytisus sericeus Willd.
Mundulea suberosa (DC.) Benth.
Tephrosia petersiana Klotzsch
Tephrosia suberosa DC.
Common names: Cork bush (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree with corky bark. Leaves alternate, compound, normally with 4 to 8 pairs of leaflets and a terminal leaflet. The leaves are covered in silky hairs. Flowers in pseudo-racemes mauve to purple. The pods are covered in golden-brown velvety hairs, turning grey when old. Last year's pods often remain on the tree at the next flowering time. A very attractive tree.
Notes: Can be confused (in the Eastern Highlands) with certain shrubby species of Tephrosia.
Derivation of specific name: sericea: with silky appressed hairs, sericeous
Habitat: In open woodland and wooded grassland, particularly on wooded rocky hillsides.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, southern Africa, Madagascar, India and Sri Lanka.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Cigaritis natalensis (Food plant)
Leptotes group (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Sunday 15 September 2013

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Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 25. as Mundulea suberosa

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

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Flora of Botswana: Mundulea sericea
Flora of Caprivi: Mundulea sericea
Flora of Malawi: Mundulea sericea
Flora of Mozambique: Mundulea sericea
Flora of Zambia: Mundulea sericea

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Mundulea sericea
African Plant Database: Mundulea sericea
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Mundulea sericea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Mundulea sericea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Mundulea sericea
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Mundulea sericea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Mundulea sericea
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Mundulea sericea
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Mundulea sericea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Mundulea sericea
Ispot Southern Africa: Mundulea sericea
JSTOR Plant Science: Mundulea sericea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Mundulea sericea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Mundulea sericea
The Plant List (version 1.1): Mundulea sericea
Tropicos: Mundulea sericea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Mundulea sericea., retrieved 22 February 2018

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