Trichoscypha ulugurensis Mildbr.
subsp. ulugurensis

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Synonyms: Trichoscypha silveirana Exell & Mendonca
Trichoscypha submontana Van der Veken
Common names:
Frequency: Very rare in Zimbabwe.
Status: Native
A tree up to 10·5 m tall; branchlets brownish, lenticellate. Leaves up to 50 cm. long, mostly 7–11-foliolate; petiole and rhachis brownish, up to 38 cm. long, hairless or shortly appressed-hairy; leaflets opposite, subopposite or alternate, elliptic or oblong-lanceolate, 5·5–13 cm long, somewhat leathery, with an often falcate apical point c. 1 cm long, midrib impressed and sometimes appressed-hairy above, raised beneath; margin conspicuously wavy; petiolules 3–7 mm long, grooved above. Inflorescences in terminal, pyramidal, many-flowered, branched heads up to 30 cm long, densely rufous-hairy. Flowers unisexual small, whitish green, with female flowers like the male but a little larger, some parts densely reddish-hairy. Fruit an ovoid fleshy drupe, 1.5-2 cm long, indehiscent, becoming wine red with blackish patches, borne in large drooping terminal heads.
Notes: Contact with this tree may result in a allergic rash like the American Poison-ivy (Toxicodendron radicans).
Derivation of specific name: ulugurensis of the Uluguru Mts in Tanzania, where the type was collected.
Habitat: In evergreen forest
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Mar - Aug
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 56. As Trichoscypha ulugurensis submontana

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 544 - 545.

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 23.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 254. As Trichoscypha ulugurensis

Fernandes, R. & A. (1966). Anacardiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 572 - 573. As Trichoscypha ulugurensis (Includes a picture).

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 161.

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 17.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 39.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 125.

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Flora of Mozambique: Trichoscypha ulugurensis subsp. ulugurensis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Trichoscypha ulugurensis
African Plant Database: Trichoscypha ulugurensis
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Wikipedia: Trichoscypha ulugurensis

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: Trichoscypha ulugurensis subsp. ulugurensis., retrieved 26 February 2024

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