Cassipourea malosana (Baker) Alston

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Cassipourea malosana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

Cassipourea malosana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Survey Plot 3, Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community

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Synonyms: Cassipourea congoensis sensu auct.
Cassipourea elliottii (Engl.) Alston
Cassipourea gerrardii (Schinz) Alston
Weihea gerrardii Schinz
Common names: Onionwood (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small evergreen tree with a slender, straight stem and horizontal branches. Bark greyish-brown, smooth when young, darker and rough on older trees. Leaves opposite, elliptic, ovate to obovate, up to 14 × 5 cm, bright to dark glossy green above, paler below, leathery, hairless; margins toothed with forward facing teeth. Interstipular scar present but stipules fall early. Flowers yellowish-green in small, dense axillary clusters along the branches. Fruit an ovoid capsule, c. 10 mm, thinly fleshy, velvety, orange when young, drying to black.
Derivation of specific name: malosana: of Mt Malosa, near Zomba in southern Malawi.
Habitat: In and along the margins of montane evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 750 - 2200 m
Flowering time:Sep - Jan
Worldwide distribution: From Ethiopia south to Swaziland and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Cassipourea malosana., retrieved 16 November 2019

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