Cussonia spicata Thunb.

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Cussonia spicata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Globe Rock, Vumba

Cussonia spicata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Globe Rock, Vumba

Cussonia spicata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Common names: Cabbage tree (English) Mufenje (Shona) Musheme (Shona) Mushondya (Shona)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Medium sized evergreen tree with a much branched rounded crown. Bark grey and corky. Leaves twice digitate, large, up to 70 cm long with 5-9 primary divisions or pinnae. Each pinna digitately divided again; petiolules often broadly winged. Flowers small yellowish-green, in terminal umbels of thick-set spikes resembling strange candelabras of microphones. Fruit angular, 4-6 mm in diameter, purple-brown.
Notes: See C. arborea and C. natalensis for leaf comparisons.
Derivation of specific name: spicata: in spikes, spicate
Habitat: A tree of open terrain, found on rocky outcrops in montane grassland, bracken scrub and forest margins.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2500 m
Flowering time:Nov - May
Worldwide distribution: Widely distributed in eastern and southern tropical Africa and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Images last updated: Saturday 2 January 2016

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 78. (Includes a picture).

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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 19.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 30.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 58.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 46.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cussonia spicata., retrieved 21 February 2018

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