Pteleopsis anisoptera (M.A. Lawson) Engl. & Diels

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Pteleopsis anisoptera

Photo: Rob Burrett
National Botanic Garden, Harare.

Pteleopsis anisoptera

Photo: Rob Burrett
National Botanic Garden, Harare.

Pteleopsis anisoptera

Photo: Rob Burrett
National Botanic Garden, Harare.

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Synonyms: Combretum anisopterum M.A. Lawson
Common names: Four-winged pteleopsis (English) Four-winged stink-bushwillow (English) Muchaba (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Mufundabalo (Tonga: Zimbabwe)
Status: Native
Dense, multi-stemmed shrub or small tree. Leaves opposite or sub-opposite, elliptic, usually 2-5 cm long, dull green, covered with soft silvery hairs when young above, below still hairy when mature; margin entire, often rolled under. Flowers in few-flowered axillary heads, strongly unpleasantly scented, creamy-white to yellow. Fruits 4-5-winged, c. 10mm long, with a distinct peg at the apex (image 3), greenish-yellow, drying to light brown.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In mixed woodland and thickets, often on sandstone and rocky outcrops and hillsides.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1200 m
Flowering time:Nov - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
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Images last updated: Tuesday 24 February 2009

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 686. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 263.

Exell, A.W. (1978). Combretaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 165 - 166.

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 35.

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Flora of Mozambique: Pteleopsis anisoptera
Flora of Zambia: Pteleopsis anisoptera

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

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: Pteleopsis anisoptera., retrieved 20 May 2024

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