Bersama abyssinica Fresen.
subsp. abyssinica

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Bersama abyssinica subsp. abyssinica

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Common names: Winged bersama (English)
Status: Native
See Bersama abyssinica for general description details. This subspecies differs in the rhachis NOT being winged and the leaflets with the margins entire. The flowers are generally smaller with petals 10-12 mm long and the calyx is mostly pink-tinged.
Notes: This subspecies is of doubtful occurrence in Zimbabwe. However, there is a folder in SRGH labelled in Bob Drummond's handwriting '? subsp. abyssinica'. In it is one herbarium sheet which is totally blank apart from the label which says 'Fruit collection only". The specimen was collected by W.L. Williams at Mt Selinda.
Derivation of specific name: abyssinica: of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
Habitat: In evergreen forest, along margins of forest and in secondary forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 - 1600 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and ?Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E?
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 208. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 9. As Bersama abyssinica abyssinica abyssinica

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 20.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 122.

White, F. (1966). Melianthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Page 545.

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Flora of Malawi: Bersama abyssinica subsp. abyssinica
Flora of Mozambique: Bersama abyssinica subsp. abyssinica

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Bersama abyssinica
African Plant Database: Bersama abyssinica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Bersama abyssinica
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Bersama abyssinica
JSTOR Plant Science: Bersama abyssinica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Bersama abyssinica
Plants of the World Online: Bersama abyssinica
Tropicos: Bersama abyssinica
Wikipedia: Bersama abyssinica

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: Bersama abyssinica subsp. abyssinica., retrieved 24 September 2023

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