Trichocladus ellipticus Eckl. & Zeyh.
subsp. malosanus (Baker) Verdc.

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Trichocladus ellipticus subsp. malosanus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Higher forested slope below Nhandore Peak, Mt Gorongosa

Trichocladus ellipticus subsp. malosanus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Higher forested slope below Nhandore Peak, Mt Gorongosa

Trichocladus ellipticus subsp. malosanus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhandore Peak, Mt Gorongosa

Trichocladus ellipticus subsp. malosanus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhandore Peak, Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Trichocladus malosanus Baker
Common names: White witch-hazel (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Evergreen shrub or small tree, often with long scrambling branched. Young branches densely covered in greyish or rusty-brown stellate hairs. Leaves spirally arranged, lanceolate to elliptic, 5 - 15 cm long, glossy dark green above, covered in a dense felt of creamy-grey to rusty-brown stellate hairs; margin entire; petiole up to 2 cm long grooved above. Flowers in terminal and axillary heads c. 2 cm in diameter, creamy-green. Fruit an almost round capsule, c. 6 × 5 mm, velvety, splitting into 2 valves, the valves splitting again.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: ellipticus: elliptic, oblong with rounded ends; malosana: of Mt Malosa, near Zomba in southern Malawi.
Habitat: In mist-belt forest, along streams and near waterfalls, often as a dominant species.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Eastern DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Sunday 23 September 2007
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 239.

Mendes, E.J. & Vidigal, M.P. (1978). Hamamelidaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 72 - 73. (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 107.

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Flora of Malawi: Trichocladus ellipticus subsp. malosanus
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Trichocladus ellipticus
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Tropicos: Trichocladus ellipticus


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Trichocladus ellipticus subsp. malosanus.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=125320, retrieved 22 May 2018

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