Argomuellera macrophylla Pax

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Argomuellera macrophylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chirinda Forest, on path to the Big Tree

Argomuellera macrophylla

Photo: Bart Wursten
By path from carpark to Big Tree, Chirinda Forest

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Synonyms: Pycnocoma hirsuta Prain
Pycnocoma parviflora Pax
Wetriaria macrophylla (Pax) Pax
Common names: Undershrub big-leaf (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree, 2-4 (-9) m tall. Leaves 10-40 × 5-12 cm, elliptic-oblanceolate, dark shiny green and hairless above; petiole 0.5-1.5 cm; margin sharply serrate, brownish red when young. Inflorescences in racemes up to 20 cm long. Male flowers with orange disk glands. Fruit 3-lobed, 6-7 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: macrophylla: big-leaved
Habitat: In the shrub-layer understorey of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 750 - 1300 m
Flowering time:Oct
Worldwide distribution: From Guinea eastwards to Ethiopia and south to Angola, Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 433. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 6.

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 504 - 505.

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 55.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 252.

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 40.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 47.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 147 - 149. (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 38. as Pycnocoma sp.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 243 - 244.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Argomuellera macrophylla
Flora of Malawi: Argomuellera macrophylla
Flora of Mozambique: Argomuellera macrophylla
Flora of Zambia: Argomuellera macrophylla

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Argomuellera macrophylla
African Plant Database: Argomuellera macrophylla
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JSTOR Plant Science: Argomuellera macrophylla
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Argomuellera macrophylla
Plants of the World Online: Argomuellera macrophylla
Tropicos: Argomuellera macrophylla
Wikipedia: Argomuellera macrophylla

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Argomuellera macrophylla., retrieved 30 November 2023

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