Allophylus chaunostachys Gilg

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Allophylus chaunostachys

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forested slopes below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Allophylus chaunostachys

Photo: Bart Wursten
Forested slopes below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Allophylus chaunostachys

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ridge above Cavalo, Sanjunjira, Southeastern slopes Mt Gorongosa.

Allophylus chaunostachys

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ridge above Cavalo, Sanjunjira, Southeastern slopes Mt Gorongosa.

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Synonyms: Allophylus buchananii Gilg ex Radlk.
Allophylus didymadenius Radlk.
Allophylus gazensis Baker f.
Allophylus richardsiae Exell
Allophylus tenuifolius Radlk.
Common names: Forest false-currant (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Branchlets with conspicuous pale lenticels. Leaves trifoliolate; leaflets elliptic, up to 16 cm long, central leaflet longer than lateral ones, glossy dark green above, paler below, thinly leathery, hairless except for hairtuft domatia in the axils of the veins below; margin with shallow spaced teeth to subentire. Flowers in mostly unbranched racemes 10-24 cm long, whitish. Fruit almost round, fleshy, c. 6 mm in diameter, red when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: chaunostachys: with wide (chaunos) spikes.
Habitat: In the understorey of submontane forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Mar - May
Worldwide distribution: Eastern DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Exell, A.W. (1966). Sapindaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 500 - 504. Also as Allophylus didymadenius & A. richardsiae (Includes a picture).

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 169.

Goodier, R. & Phipps, J.B. (1961). A revised checklist of the vascular plants of the Chimanimani Mountains Kirkia 1 Page 58. as Allophylus buchananii

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 76.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 95.

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Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 172 - 173.

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 75.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 523.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 99.

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Wikipedia: Allophylus chaunostachys

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: Allophylus chaunostachys., retrieved 29 May 2024

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