Brachystegia torrei Hoyle

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Synonyms: Brachystegia sp. nov. 1 sensu Coates Palgrave
Brachystegia tamarindoides Benth. subsp. torrei (Hoyle) Chikuni
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Status: Native
Deciduous tree, 10—18 m in height with a spreading crown. Bark smooth, grey, flaking in thin plates to reveal a reddish brown underbark. Leaflets in 6–10 pairs, distal pair or those next to the distal pair slightly larger than the rest, 2–3 times longer than wide, 22-35 × 5—12 mm narrowly to broadly ovate, oblong-lanceolate; apex subacute to rounded or retuse; base more or less oblique; midveins subcentral; petiole 5—15 mm long. Flowers in short terminal heads, small and inconspicuous, creamy-white; petals absent. Pods 8—11 × 2—3 cm. thinly woody, hairless.
Derivation of specific name: torrei: after António Rocha da Torre (1904 - 1995), a prolific collector in Mozambique.
Habitat: Coastal woodland, sand forest and open deciduous woodland on rocks.
Altitude range: 5 - 400 m
Flowering time:Aug-Oct
Worldwide distribution: Eastern Zimbabwe, adjacent Mozambique and in Malawi.
Mozambique distribution: N,T,MS,GI
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Pages 97 - 100. As B. tamarindoides subsp. torrei (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 242. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 212. As Brachystegia sp 1

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 243. As Brachystegia sp 1

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.

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Flora of Malawi: Brachystegia torrei
Flora of Zimbabwe: Brachystegia torrei

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Brachystegia torrei
African Plant Database: Brachystegia torrei
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Brachystegia torrei
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Brachystegia torrei
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JSTOR Plant Science: Brachystegia torrei
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Brachystegia torrei
Plants of the World Online: Brachystegia torrei
Tropicos: Brachystegia torrei
Wikipedia: Brachystegia torrei

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Brachystegia torrei., retrieved 21 July 2024

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