4734.000 Allophylus L.

Description of the genus

Trees or shrubs. Leaves 3-foliolate, usually minutely glandular beneath. Inflorescence (in ours) a raceme-like, branched or unbranched, thyrse. Flowers unisexual, usually male and female in the same inflorescence (female apparently bisexual but anthers sterile), small (sepals less than 2 mm, petals less than 1.5 mm). Sepals 4, the 2 outer larger. Petals 4, each with a hairy scale, greenish, white or yellowish. Stamens 8. Ovary 2-lobed, loculi 1-ovulate. Fruit a drupe, with 1(-3) cocci, ┬▒ spherical (in ours). Allophylus species and species of Searsia both have 3-foliolate leaves and look superficially similar. See this note as to how to separate them.

Worldwide: c.150-200 species, widespread in tropical and subtropical regions.

Mozambique: 12 taxa.

Allophylus chaunostachys

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
abyssinicus (Hochst.) Radlk.Description
africanus P. Beauv.N,Z,T,MSDescription, Image
chaunostachys GilgZ,MSDescription, Image
chirindensis Baker f.Description
congolanus Gilg
decipiens (Sond.) Radlk.M
mossambicensis Exell[End]GI
natalensis (Sond.) De WinterM
rubifolius (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) Engl. var. rubifolius N,Z,MSDescription, Image
rubifolius (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) Engl. var. alnifolius (Baker) Friis & VollesenN,Z/T,MS,GIDescription, Image
tanzaniensis F.G. DaviesN
torrei Exell & Mendon├ža[End]N

Other sources of information about Allophylus:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

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: Allophylus.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=901, retrieved 10 December 2023

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