Dalbergia nitidula Welw. ex Baker

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Dalbergia nitidula

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Bushman's Point, Lake Chivero RP

Dalbergia nitidula

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Nr col, Domboshawa

Dalbergia nitidula

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Christon Bank

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Synonyms: Dalbergia dekindtiana Harms
Dalbergia mossambicensis Harms
Dalbergia swynnertonii Baker f.
Common names: Glossy flat-bean (English) Mudima (Shona) Murima (Shona) Purple-wood dalbergia (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Deciduous shrub or small tree. The leaves are pinnate, up to 20 cm long, with 4 to 7 subopposite pairs and a terminal leaflet. Flowers produced in branched heads before or with the new leaves, sweetly scented, white. The pods are flat and thin, normally glabrous but sometimes finely pubescent.
Notes: Trees are often seen with clusters of characteristic galls on the smaller branches (image 2). These can be mistaken for fruits but are caused by a parasitising insect.
Derivation of specific name: nitidula: somewhat shiny
Habitat: In various types of woodland and wooded grassland, often on kopjes and among rocks.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 1660 m
Flowering time:Aug - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Charaxes etesipe tavetensis (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Sunday 11 March 2007

Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. and Verdcourt, B. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(3) Pages 64 - 68. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 13.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 219.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 246.

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 90 - 91. (Includes a picture).

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 118 - 119. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 97.


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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: Dalbergia nitidula.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=131080, retrieved 19 February 2018

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