Galpinia transvaalica N.E. Br.

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Galpinia transvaalica

Photo: Carlos Serra
On line of hills, south of Goba, Maputo District, Mozambique

Galpinia transvaalica

Photo: David Gwynne-Evans
Inhaca Island.

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Common names: Wild pride-of-India (English)
Status: Native and cultivated
Small, often multi-stemmed tree, with 4-angled, hairless branches. Leaves opposite, oblong-ovate or elliptic-oblong, 5-9 cm long, leathery, hairless, minutely dotted with translucent glands and with a gland on the midrib just below the apex; margin entire and narrowly rolled under; petiole 3-4 mm long. Inflorescences in dense, many-flowered terminal heads, 6-12 cm long. Flowers creamy-white with petals c. 4 mm long, falling early; stamens 8 mm long. Fruit a globose capsule, up to 5 mm in diameter.
Derivation of specific name: transvaalica: of the Transvaal, now Mpumalanga, a province in South Africa.
Habitat: In evergreen thickets and bushland on stony soils.
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Mozambique, southern Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Limpopo, Mpumalanga South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: S
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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 655. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 780 - 781.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 82.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 262.

Fernandes, A. (1978). Lythraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 279 - 280. (Includes a picture).

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 59.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 452 - 453. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 342 - 343. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (2013). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Second edition) Struik, South Africa Pages 400 - 401. (Includes a picture).

Other sources of information about Galpinia transvaalica:

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Flora of Mozambique: Galpinia transvaalica
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Galpinia transvaalica

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Galpinia transvaalica
African Plant Database: Galpinia transvaalica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Galpinia transvaalica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Galpinia transvaalica
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Galpinia transvaalica
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iNaturalist: Galpinia transvaalica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Galpinia transvaalica
JSTOR Plant Science: Galpinia transvaalica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Galpinia transvaalica
Plants of the World Online: Galpinia transvaalica
Tropicos: Galpinia transvaalica
Wikipedia: Galpinia transvaalica

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: Galpinia transvaalica., retrieved 30 May 2024

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