Allophylus africanus P. Beauv.

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Allophylus africanus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Stream bank at base of Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Allophylus africanus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Stream bank at base of Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Allophylus africanus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Stream bank at base of Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Allophylus africanus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Stream bank at base of Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Allophylus melanocarpus (Sond.) Radlk.
Allophylus rhodesicus Exell
Schmidelia melanocarpa Arn. ex Sond.
Common names: African allophylus (English) African false currant (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small tree. Leaves trifoliolate; leaflets obovate, variously hairy; margin dentate, serrate or almost entire. Inflorescences axillary, often branched, spike-like. Flowers small creamy-yellow. Fruit fleshy, near-spherical, red to black when ripe.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: africanus: African
Habitat: In riverine thickets, open woodland and forest edges, often associated with termite mounds.
Altitude range: 650 - 1540 m
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Throughout Tropical Africa extending to the Eastern Cape, South Africa
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Charaxes varanes varanes (Food plant)
Anthene definita definita (Larval foodplant)
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species
Content last updated: Wednesday 11 May 2016
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 259. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 39.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 407.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 256.

Exell, A.W. (1966). Sapindaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Page 505. As Allophylus rhodesicus (Includes a picture).

Exell, A.W. (1966). Sapindaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 506 - 507. As Group A , B, C, D (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 100.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 43. as Allophylus melanocarpus (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 172.

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Flora of Botswana: Allophylus africanus
Flora of Caprivi: Allophylus africanus
Flora of Malawi: Allophylus africanus
Flora of Zambia: Allophylus africanus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Allophylus africanus

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Allophylus africanus
African Plant Database: Allophylus africanus
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Allophylus africanus
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Allophylus africanus
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Allophylus africanus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Allophylus africanus
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Allophylus africanus
Ispot Southern Africa: Allophylus africanus
JSTOR Plant Science: Allophylus africanus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Allophylus africanus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Allophylus africanus
The Plant List (version 1.1): Allophylus africanus
Tropicos: Allophylus africanus


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Allophylus africanus.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137350, retrieved 23 November 2017

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