Baphia massaiensis Taub.
subsp. obovata (Schinz) Brummitt
var. obovata

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Baphia massaiensis subsp. obovata var. obovata

Photo: Warren McCleland
Pande, Inhassoro District

Baphia massaiensis subsp. obovata var. obovata

Photo: Warren McCleland
Pande, Inhassoro District

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Synonyms: Baphia obovata Schinz
Common names: Jasmine pea (English) Sand camwood (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Leaves alternate, obovate, greyish-green, lateral veins prominent. Flowers in attractive short sprays, white with a yellow spot at the base of the standard petal, sweetly jasmine-scented. Pods narrow, up to 12 cm, splitting when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: massaiensis: of the Masai tribal area in Kenya, where the type specimen of the species was found.
obovata: obovate; referring to the leaf shape in this subspecies.
Habitat: In woodland and riverine scrub, mainly on Kalahari sand
Altitude range: 130 - 1200 m
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: GI
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Content last updated: Friday 19 August 2016

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Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(3) Pages 245 - 248.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 284. As Baphia massaiensis obovata (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 359. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 230 - 231. as Baphia massaiensis (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 217.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 244. As Baphia massaiensis obovata

Fowler, D.G. (2007). Zambian Plants: Their Vernacular Names and Uses, Kew Publishing

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 385. (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 46.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 70. (Includes a picture).

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 194 - 195. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 61.

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 210.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 194 - 195. (Includes a picture).

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Baphia massaiensis subsp. obovata var. obovata., retrieved 14 April 2024

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