Deinbollia xanthocarpa (Klotzsch) Radlk.

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Deinbollia xanthocarpa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

Deinbollia xanthocarpa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

Deinbollia xanthocarpa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

Deinbollia xanthocarpa

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Catapu Concession, Sofala.

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Synonyms: Deinbollia marginata Radlk.
Sapindus xanthocarpa Klotzsch
Common names: Northern soap-berry (English)
Status: Native
Scrambling shrub or small tree. Leaves paripinnate with 3-9 pairs of leaflets, rhachis often narrowly winged and extending into a small point, slightly beyond the ultimate pair of leaflets; leaflets oblong-elliptic, up to 8 × 3 cm long, hairless, apex rounded or notched; margins entire, often wavy. The bottom leaflets start so close to the base of the rhachis that they resemble large stipules. Flowers in terminal, large, branched, catkin-like racemes, white. Fruit spherical to ovoid, c. 1.4 cm in diameter, fleshy, yellow.
Derivation of specific name: xanthocarpa: with yellow fruit.
Habitat: In riverine thickets, mixed woodland and on rocky koppies.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jul - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS,GI
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Euphaedra neophron neophron (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Saturday 31 January 2009

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 533. (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 256.

Exell, A.W. (1966). Sapindaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 523 - 524. (Includes a picture).

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 176.

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 76.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 29.

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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: Deinbollia xanthocarpa., retrieved 18 April 2024

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