Dalbergia sissoo Roxb.

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Dalbergia sissoo

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mukuvisi Woodland, by Blatherwick Road entrance gate

Dalbergia sissoo

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mukuvisi Woodland, by Blatherwick Road entrance gate

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Common names: Sheesham (English) Sisso (English)
Frequency: Rare
Status: Introduced
Tree. Leaves 1-pinnate, with 3-5 alternately-arranged leaflets; leaflets broadly ovate to subcircular; apex acuminate. Flowers small, creamy-white, turning yellowish.
Notes: Cultivated as an ornamental and recorded in Drummond's 1981 checklist as naturalised in divisions N,W and C. It appears to be a rare escape in Zimbabwe.The trees in the Mukuvisi woodland (record no. 3284) are possibly planted.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In open woodland
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep
Worldwide distribution: SE Asia
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 24 September 2005

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 75 - 76.

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

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 47.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 64.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Dalbergia sissoo.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=131090, retrieved 22 October 2020

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