Cussonia arborea Hochst. ex A. Rich.

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Cussonia arborea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along footpath near Khodzue Caves

Cussonia arborea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along footpath near Khodzue Caves

Cussonia arborea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along footpath near Khodzue Caves

Cussonia arborea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along footpath near Khodzue Caves

Cussonia arborea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along footpath near Khodzue Caves

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Synonyms: Cussonia kirkii Seem.
Common names: Octopus cabbage tree (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Small to medium sized deciduous tree. Bark rough and corky, pale brown. Leaves digitate or palmate with 5-9 ovate-elliptic leaflets; margin crenate or dentate, sometimes entire; petiole up to 50 cm long. Flowers small, borne in terminal clusters of slender spikes up to 50 cm long. Fruit borne along the elongated spikes, spherical, c. 5 mm in diameter, thinly fleshy, purple when ripe.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: arborea: tree-like
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland, often in rocky terrain.
Altitude range: 1750 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Widely distributed throughout tropical Africa
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Saturday 16 September 2017
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 78. (Includes a picture).

Cannon, J.F.M. (1978). Araliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 628 - 629.

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 11.

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 33 - 36. as Cussonia kirkii (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 51.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 28.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 264.

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 174 - 175. (Includes a picture).

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.

Smith, P. & Allen, Q. (2004). Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the Miombo Woodlands Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ISBN 1 84246 073 0 Pages 78 - 79. (Includes a picture).

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

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Flora of Malawi: Cussonia arborea
Flora of Zambia: Cussonia arborea
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cussonia arborea

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cussonia arborea
African Plant Database: Cussonia arborea
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Cussonia arborea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cussonia arborea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cussonia arborea
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cussonia arborea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cussonia arborea
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cussonia arborea
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Cussonia arborea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cussonia arborea
Ispot Southern Africa: Cussonia arborea
JSTOR Plant Science: Cussonia arborea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cussonia arborea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cussonia arborea
The Plant List (version 1.1): Cussonia arborea
Tropicos: Cussonia arborea


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: Cussonia arborea.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=142910, retrieved 20 October 2017

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