Cassipourea gummiflua Tul.
var. verticillata (N.E. Br.) J. Lewis

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Cassipourea gummiflua var. verticillata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Cassipourea gummiflua var. verticillata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Cassipourea gummiflua var. verticillata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Cassipourea verticillata N.E. Br.
Common names: Large-leaved onionwood (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Small to large tree. Leaves opposite or in whorls of three, leathery, elliptic dark green above, paler below; margin mostly entire, sometimes dentate in the apical half. Flowers creamy-green in small, dense clusters along the branches. Fruit an ovoid to round capsule, c. 7 mm, yellow-green when ripe.
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Habitat: In evergreen and riverine forest.
Altitude range: Up to 2000 m
Flowering time:Dec - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Cameroon, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Kwazulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, South Africa. also Seychelles and Mascarene Islands.
Mozambique distribution: MS,M
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Content last updated: Thursday 16 July 2009

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Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 787 - 788. (Includes a picture).

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 18. As Cassipourea gummiflua

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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 262. As Cassipourea gummiflua

Gonçalves, A.E. & Torre, A.R. (1979). 62. Rhizophoraceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 4 - 5.

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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: Cassipourea gummiflua var. verticillata., retrieved 12 April 2024

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