Allophylus chirindensis Baker f.

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Common names: Large-leaved false-currant (English)
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized tree. Bark silvery-grey; branchlets greyish-white with prominent lenticels, hairless. Leaves 3-foliolate; with elliptic leaflets up to 17 × 9 cm, terminal leaflet usually largest, thinly textured, usually hairless, sometimes minutely hairy along the veins, hair-tuft domatia occasionally visible in the axils of the veins below; margin toothed or scalloped. Flowers in branched catkin-like inflorescences, up to 27 cm. long, branched, white or yellowish. Fruit subspherical, c. 7 mm in diameter, bright red when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: chirindensis: of the Chirinda Forest.
Habitat: In evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Eastern Zimbabwe and possibly in nearby areas in Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic?
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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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 527. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 4.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 256.

Exell, A.W. (1966). Sapindaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 505 - 506.

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

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.

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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 chirindensis., retrieved 13 April 2024

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