Tipuana tipu (Benth.) Kuntze

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Tipuana tipu

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Alexandra Park, Harare

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Synonyms: Michaerium tipu Benth.
Tipuana speciosa Benth.
Common names: Brazilian rosewood (English) Pride-of-Bolivia (English) Tipu tree (English)
Frequency: Rare as an escape
Status: Introduced
Large tree to 30 m. Leaves imparipinnate with 7-11 pairs of oblong leaflets. Fruit a samara.
Notes: Very commonly planted as a street tree in Harare. This species is a "rain tree", i.e. it may become infested with a spittle-bug which causes apparent rain to fall from the tree. Further information about this phenomenon may be found in Note 20.

The distinctive fruits resemble those of Acer, Pterolobium and Securidaca.
Derivation of specific name:
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Aug - Nov
Worldwide distribution: As for the genus
Zimbabwe distribution:
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Ptyelus grossus (Food plant of larvae and nymphs)
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Images last updated: Saturday 26 August 2006

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) Page 51.

Maroyi, A. (2006). Preliminary checklist of introduced and naturalized plants in Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(2) Page 220.

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Flora of Malawi: cultivated Tipuana tipu
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Tipuana tipu

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tipuana tipu
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Tipuana tipu
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Tipuana tipu
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tipuana tipu
Plants of the World Online: Tipuana tipu
Tropicos: Tipuana tipu
Wikipedia: Tipuana tipu

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: Tipuana tipu.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=131110, retrieved 24 May 2024

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