Brachystegia glaucescens Hutch. & Burtt Davy

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Brachystegia glaucescens

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Muhowa river, Chikukwa, lower Chimanimani Mts

Brachystegia glaucescens

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Muhowa river, Chikukwa, lower Chimanimani Mts

Brachystegia glaucescens

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Muhowa river, Chikukwa, lower Chimanimani Mts

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Synonyms: Brachystegia fischeri Taub.
Brachystegia pectinata Sim
Brachystegia reticulata Hutch & Burtt Davy
Brachystegia tamarindoides Benth. subsp. microphylla (Harms) Chikuni (in part)
Common names: Mountain-acacia (English) Redwood (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
A spreading beautiful tree, with broad horizontal branches, briefly deciduous. Bark grey, smoothish, to flaking in roundish disks, the trunk and branches showing characteristic rounded bulges. Dormant axillary buds globose. Leaves with rhachis narrowly channelled at first; leaflets glabrous, in 9–23 pairs, varying from 9–16 to 14–18, the number exhibiting clinal variation, small, asymmetrical, middle pairs the largest, 10–30 × 2–10 mm, oblong-lanceolate, sometimes somewhat falcate; apex rounded to obtuse, sometimes minutely apiculate; base obliquely rounded or truncate to subcordate; midveins almost central; petiole 2–6 mm long. Flowers in short terminal heads, small and inconspicuous, creamy-white; petals absent. Pods 8—13 cm long, hairless, dark brown to purplish in colour.
Notes: Although closely related to B. microphylla that species has more, 25-72, pairs of smaller, 5–15 × 1–2 mm leaflets and occurs in rocky foothills and escarpments in high rainfall and mist-belt areas.
Derivation of specific name: glaucescens: becoming glaucous (bluish-green)
Habitat: Always in rocky habitats: on slopes and summits of rocky hills and kopjes, usually above 1,000 m.
Altitude range: 400 - 1660 m
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Content last updated: Monday 6 August 2012

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Pages 97 - 99. as Brachystegia tamarindoides subsp. microphylla

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 119. as Brachystegia tamarindoides

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 241. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 10.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 7.

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 85 - 88. as Brachystegia tamarindoides (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 212.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 242.

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 64 - 65. (Includes a picture).

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 43.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Pages 19 - 20. as Brachystegia tamarindoides

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 90.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 93.

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Brachystegia glaucescens., retrieved 19 June 2024

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