Kiggelaria africana L.

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Kiggelaria africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Seldomseen, Vumba

Kiggelaria africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Seldomseen, Vumba

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Common names: Mumboza (Shona) Pink-wood (English) Wild peach (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized tree. Leaves spirally arranged, oblong-elliptic, dark green above, much paler, bluish-green or yellow-green beneath; margin entire or obscurely toothed. Flowers pale yellow to greenish, axillary, unisexual, sexes on different trees. Female flowers solitary; male flowers in sparsely branched heads. Fruit a spherical capsule, greyish yellow-green, rough and tuberculate on the outside, splitting into 5 valves, revealing black seeds in a sticky orange-red coating.
Derivation of specific name: africana: African
Habitat: In evergreen forest, wooded ravines and in montane grasslands, often among rocks.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Aug - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Acraea horta (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Tuesday 25 July 2006

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Goodier, R. & Phipps, J.B. (1961). A revised checklist of the vascular plants of the Chimanimani Mountains Kirkia 1 Page 59.

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 53. Under Flacourtiaceae

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 105.

Wild, H. (1960). Flacourtiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 265 - 267. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 87.

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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: Kiggelaria africana., retrieved 13 June 2024

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