Securidaca longepedunculata Fresen.

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Securidaca longepedunculata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rd to Osborne Dam

Securidaca longepedunculata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rd to Osborne Dam

Securidaca longepedunculata

Photo: Bart Wursten

Securidaca longepedunculata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mpinge Pass, Great Dyke

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Synonyms: Lophostylis pallida Klotzsch
Common names: Chipvufanana (Shona) Mufufu (Shona) Munyapunyapu (Shona) Munyazvirombo (Shona) Mutangeni (Shona) Umfufu (Ndebele) Violet tree (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Deciduous shrub or small tree. Leaves alternate, oblong to narrowly elliptic, grey-green, margins entire. Flowers in terminal and axillary sprays on long stalks, pink and purple. The flowers are borne in great profusion when the leaves are still small, making a spectacular display. Fruit a small nut, bearing a single membranous wing.
Notes: The spelling of the species name, namely whether it should be longepedunculata or longipedunculata, appears to be controversial. Both names are in use by reputable publications. We understand that in the original publication, Mus. Senckenberg. ii. (1837) 275, Fresenius used the spelling longepedunculata and we have accordingly adopted that spelling on the website. We are grateful to Mrs Meg Coates Palgrave for drawing this to our attention.
Derivation of specific name: longepedunculata: with a long inflorescence stalk (peduncle)
Habitat: In various types of woodland and wooded grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1600 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, southward to northern South Africa
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: Charaxes etesipe tavetensis (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Thursday 20 December 2012

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Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 314 - 315. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 95.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 250.

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 108 - 109. (Includes a picture).

Exell, A.W. (1960). Polygalaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 305 - 306. (Includes a picture).

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 218 - 219. (Includes a picture).

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 68.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 84.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 262 - 263. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 93.

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 136 - 137. (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 34.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 154.

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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: Securidaca longepedunculata., retrieved 21 February 2018

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