Cassipourea gummiflua Tul.
var. verticillata (N.E. Br.) J. Lewis

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Cassipourea gummiflua var. verticillata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Cassipourea gummiflua var. verticillata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Cassipourea gummiflua var. verticillata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Cassipourea verticillata N.E. Br.
Common names: Large-leaved onionwood (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Small to large tree. Leaves opposite or in whorls of three, leathery, elliptic dark green above, paler below; margin mostly entire, sometimes dentate in the apical half. Flowers creamy-green in small, dense clusters along the branches. Fruit an ovoid to round capsule, c. 7 mm, yellow-green when ripe.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In evergreen and riverine forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1400 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Dec - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Cameroon, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Kwazulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, South Africa. also Seychelles and Mascarene Islands.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Friday 15 September 2006

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 234.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 660. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 787 - 788. (Includes a picture).

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 18. As Cassipourea gummiflua

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & White, F. (1990). New and noteworthy plants from the evergreen forests of Malawi Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 60(1/2) Page 81.

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

Gonçalves, A.E. & Torre, A.R. (1979). 62. Rhizophoraceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 4 - 5.

Lewis, J. (1956). Rhizophoraceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 15 - 16.

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 70.

Torre, A. & Gonçalves, M. L. (1978). Rhizophoraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 90 - 91.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Page 364. (Includes a picture).

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 447 - 448. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cassipourea gummiflua var. verticillata., retrieved 22 November 2019

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