Rhigozum zambesiacum Baker

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Rhigozum zambesiacum

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Rhigozum zambesiacum

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Rhigozum zambesiacum

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Rhigozum zambesiacum

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Kruger National Park, South Africa.

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Common names: Mopane rhigozum (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or multi-stemmed small tree up to c. 3 m tall. Branches rigid, armed with short spines. Leaves in clusters on short lateral branchlets or on the spines, imparipinnate with 2-5 pairs of small obovate leaflets and a terminal leaflet, 5-9 mm long; rhachis winged; margin entire. Flowers appearing with the leaves, showy, golden yellow, c. 3.5 cm in diameter, petals wrinkled along the edges, solitary or in few-flowered clusters among the leaves. Fruit a flattened slender capsule, c. 7 × 1.5 cm, pale brown with a sharply pointed tip, dehiscent.
Derivation of specific name: zambesiacum: of the Zambezi region
Habitat: In dry scrub, mopane woodland and on rocky outcrops and hillsides.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 500 m
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Images last updated: Saturday 31 January 2009

Diniz, M.A. (1988). Bignoniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(3) Pages 69 - 70. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 273.

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 30.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 40.


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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: Rhigozum zambesiacum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=152370, retrieved 23 February 2018

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