Bussea Harms

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007) Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2)

Description of the genus

Trees or occasionally shrubs, unarmed. Young shoots and inflorescences with conspicuous brown indumentum. Leaves usually mostly opposite or subopposite but frequently some not so, bipinnate, without specialised glands on petiole and rhachis; pinnae up to 8 pairs; leaflets in 3–15 pairs, alternate; stipules small, subulate. Flowers in fairly dense racemes which are aggregated to form terminal panicles or rarely are single and terminal; bracts often concave; sepals imbricate, with scarious margins; petals unequal, the upper one smaller than the rest, all ± spathulate with a brown tomentum on the outside of the claw and extending up the middle of the blade. Ovary subsessile, curving upwards towards the end, brown-tomentose with 2–3 ovules. Fruit pods 7–12 cm long, linear-oblanceolate, woody, erect, brown-tomentose especially when young, dehiscing into 2 recurving valves. Seeds 1–3, up to 2.2 cm long, oblong, compressed, elongated longitudinally in the pod.

Worldwide: Five species in Africa and Madagascar.

Mozambique: 1 taxon.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
xylocarpa (Sprague) Sprague & Craib[End][VU]T

Other sources of information about Bussea:

Our websites:

Flora of Zambia: Bussea

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Bussea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Bussea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Bussea
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Bussea
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Bussea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Bussea
JSTOR Plant Science: Bussea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Bussea
Plants of the World Online: Bussea
Tropicos: Bussea
Wikipedia: Bussea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Bussea.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=2361, retrieved 22 September 2023

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