Calpurnia aurea (Aiton) Benth.
subsp. aurea

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Calpurnia aurea subsp. aurea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Belingwe

Calpurnia aurea subsp. aurea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Belingwe

Calpurnia aurea subsp. aurea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Belingwe

Calpurnia aurea subsp. aurea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Belingwe

Calpurnia aurea subsp. aurea

Photo: Mark Hyde
Blue Kerry, Meg Coates Palgrave's garden

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Synonyms: Calpurnia lasiogyne E. Mey.
Calpurnia subdecandra (L'Hér.) Schweick.
Podalyria aurea (Aiton) Willd.
Robinia subdecandra L'Hér.
Sophora aurea Aiton
Virgilia aurea (Aiton) Lam.
Common names: Wild laburnum (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree, up to 7 m tall, densely pubescent on young branches and inflorescences. Leaves imparipinnate, 6-24 cm long with 5-15 pairs of leaflets.Leaflets oblong-ovate to oblong-obovate, mostly 2.5-4 cm long, rounded to notched at the apex, sometimes mucronate, pubescent on both surfaces. Inflorescences in pendulous 8-26-flowered racemes, 7-24 cm long. Flowers golden yellow. Pod flattened, 5-12 cm long with a narrowly winged suture, straw-coloured to brown when mature.
Derivation of specific name: aurea: golden.
Habitat: Along the margins of evergreen and riverine forest.
Altitude range: Above 900 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb (-May)
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, CAR, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and eastern South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: M
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Content last updated: Monday 9 August 2010

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Calpurnia aurea subsp. aurea., retrieved 21 February 2020

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