Leucosidea sericea Eckl. & Zeyh.

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Leucosidea sericea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rhodes Dam, Nyanga NP

Leucosidea sericea

Photo: Mark Hyde
Owenwee Cottage, World's View, Nyanga

Leucosidea sericea

Photo: Michelle Harvey-Hyde
Owenwee Cottage, World's View, Nyanga

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Common names: Oldwood (English)
Status: Native
Straggling shrub or small tree with greyish foliage. Leaves alternate, imparipinnate; leaflets obovate with coarsely toothed margins; lower surface grey-green, densely covered in silky hairs. Flowers in silky, dense terminal sprays, greenish. Fruit a cluster of small nuts enclosed in the persistent remnants of the calyx.
Derivation of specific name: sericea: with silky appressed hairs, sericeous
Habitat: On slopes in montane grassland and along streams, where it may form dense stands.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Aug - Dec
Worldwide distribution: As for the genus
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Sunday 21 December 2008

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 171. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 37.

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

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 70.

Mendes, E.J. (1978). Rosaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 23 - 24. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Leucosidea sericea

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

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: Species information: Leucosidea sericea.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=125420, retrieved 27 September 2023

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