Lecaniodiscus fraxinifolius Baker

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Lecaniodiscus fraxinifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Lecaniodiscus fraxinifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Lecaniodiscus fraxinifolius

Photo: Warren McCleland
Pande, Inhassoro District.

Lecaniodiscus fraxinifolius

Photo: Mark Hyde
By Catapu Pan, Catapu, Mozambique

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Synonyms: Lecaniodiscus vaughaniae Dunkley
Common names: River-litchi (English)
Status: Native
Small tree with dense foliage. Leaves paripinnate, up to 30 cm long with 3-7 pairs of leaflets; leaflets oblong to elliptic, 3-11 cm long, yellowish green to green above, thinly textured, hairless above, fine glandular hairs along the veins below apex broadly tapering to rounded; margins entire, wavy. Flowers in loose axillary spike-like racemes, unisexual, on different tree, small, greenish or yellowish. Fruit ovoid, c 1.5 cm long, velvety, yellow, orange or pinkish, splitting, often reluctantly, revealing a single seed, almost hidden in a bluish white, fleshy aril.
Derivation of specific name: fraxinifolius: with leaves like an Ash (Fraxinus sp. - Oleaceae).
Habitat: In riverine fringes, sometimes forming thickets.
Altitude range: Up to 700 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: N,T,MS,GI,M
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Euphaedra neophron neophron (Food plant)
Abantis paradisea (Larval foodplant)
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Content last updated: Thursday 18 August 2016

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 537. As Lecaniodiscus fraxinifolius fraxinifolius (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 650.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 108.

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 530 - 531. (Includes a picture).

Exell, A.W. & Sousa, E.P. (1973). 51. Sapindaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 35 - 36.

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 95.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 173.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 432 - 433. (Includes a picture).

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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: Lecaniodiscus fraxinifolius.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137430, retrieved 20 May 2024

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