Zanha africana (Radlk.) Exell

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Zanha africana

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Zanha africana

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Zanha africana

Photo: Rob Burrett

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Synonyms: Dialiopsis africana Radlk.
Common names: Velvet-fruit zanha (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or tree up to 10 m high. Leaves pinnate; leaflets in 3-5 pairs, subsessile, elliptic-oblong, woolly hairy when young, pubescent when mature; apex obtuse; margin crenate, crenate-serrate or entire; base rounded to ± cordate. Inflorescences in congested subspherical heads, c. 2 cm in diameter. Sepals 2-2.5 mm. Petals absent. Fruit obovoid-ellipsoid to spherical, up to 3 × 2 cm, orange or yellow, woolly hairy.
Notes: The leaves of this species may appear to be either paripinnate or imparipinnate.
Derivation of specific name: africana: African
Habitat: Usually in woodland, often in rocky places; sometimes in riverine forest
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Eastern and central tropical Africa: Kenya to Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Angola.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Monday 10 August 2009

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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: Zanha africana., retrieved 17 June 2024

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