Bombax rhodognaphalon K. Schum.

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Bombax rhodognaphalon

Photo: Bart Wursten
Catapu, Sofala

Bombax rhodognaphalon

Photo: Bart Wursten
Catapu, Sofala

Bombax rhodognaphalon

Photo: Bart Wursten
Catapu, Sofala

Bombax rhodognaphalon

Photo: Bart Wursten
Catapu, Sofala

Bombax rhodognaphalon

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Catapu, Sofala

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Synonyms: Rhodognaphalon schumannianum A. Robyns sensu Coates Palgrave
Common names: Fleece-fruit (English) N'ghuza (Sena)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Medium-sized to large deciduous tree. Bark smooth, greenish yellow. Leaves spirally arranged at the ends of branches, digitate with 3-7 leaflets; leaflets oblong-elliptic, largest up to 2 × 2 cm; apex attenuate; margin entire. Flowers axillary, solitary or in 2-5 flowered clusters, large and striking, up to 18 cm in diameter, pale yellow to apricot with red stamens. Fruit an ovoid woody capsule, c. 6 cm long, dehiscent, splitting into 5 valves, revealing numerous brown seeds, embedded in a wool of reddish brown silky hairs.
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Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In dry open woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jul - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Kenya and Tanzania southwards to Mozambique
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 12 June 2007
Literature:

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & White, F. (1990). New and noteworthy plants from the evergreen forests of Malawi Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 60(1/2) Pages 75 - 76.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 62.

Wild, H. (1961). Bombacaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 513 - 515. As var. rhodognaphalon and var. tomentosum (Includes a picture).

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JSTOR Plant Science: Bombax rhodognaphalon
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Bombax rhodognaphalon
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Bombax rhodognaphalon
The Plant List (version 1.1): Bombax rhodognaphalon
Tropicos: Bombax rhodognaphalon


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: Bombax rhodognaphalon.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=167500, retrieved 23 August 2017

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