Filicium decipiens (Wight & Arn.) Thwaites

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Filicium decipiens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Katiyo Tea Estates, Lower Pungwe River

Filicium decipiens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Katiyo Tea Estates, Lower Pungwe River

Filicium decipiens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pungwe River at Katiyo Tea Estate

Filicium decipiens

Photo: Ian Riddell

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Common names: Fern-leaf (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Medium to large evergreen tree. The winged petiole and rhachis on the pinnate leaves give a fern-like impression.
Derivation of specific name: decipiens: deceptive
Habitat: In forested ravines and in riverine and evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1350 m
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, East Africa and southwards to Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe; also southern India, Sri Lanka and Fiji.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Images last updated: Sunday 25 February 2007

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Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 176.

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.

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

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 531.

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Flora of Malawi: Filicium decipiens
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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Filicium decipiens

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Filicium decipiens
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Filicium decipiens
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Wikipedia: Filicium decipiens

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: Filicium decipiens., retrieved 26 May 2024

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