Rourea orientalis Baill.

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Rourea orientalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Bué Maria, Gorongosa National Park

Rourea orientalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from entrance gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park

Rourea orientalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from entrance gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park

Rourea orientalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from entrance gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park

Rourea orientalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from entrance gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Byrsocarpus coccineus sensu auct.
Byrsocarpus orientalis (Baill.) Baker
Common names: Short-pod (English)
Status: Native
A scrambling shrub or small tree. Leaves imparipinnate with 8-16 pairs of leaflets and a terminal leaflet, bright green above. Leaflets often typically folded downwards along the rhachis (see photos). Flowers in few-flowered axillary sprays, white to yellow, c. 2.5 cm in diameter, showy, lemon-scented, appearing before the new leaves. Fruit an ellipsoid capsule, reddish-brown when ripe, splitting along one side, revealing the seed in a bright orange-red pseudo-aril.
Derivation of specific name: orientalis: oriental, eastern
Habitat: In riverine thickets and on termite mounds in hot dry areas.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: From the DRC and East Africa southwards to Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS
Growth form(s): Climber, tree, shrub over 2 m, shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Saturday 14 February 2009

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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 179. (Includes a picture).

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

Mannheimer, C. & Curtis B. (2009). Le Roux and Müller's Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Namibia Macmillan Education, Windhoek, Namibia. Pages 76 - 77. (Includes a picture).

Mendes, E.J. (1966). Connaraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Page 624. As Byrsocarpus coccineus & B. orientalis

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 52. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 48.

Smith, P. & Allen, Q. (2004). Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the Miombo Woodlands Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ISBN 1 84246 073 0 Pages 134 - 135. (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 71.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 204.

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Flora of Botswana: Rourea orientalis
Flora of Caprivi: Rourea orientalis
Flora of Malawi: Rourea orientalis
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Rourea orientalis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Rourea orientalis
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Rourea orientalis
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Rourea orientalis., retrieved 27 May 2019

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