Anthocleista grandiflora Gilg

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Anthocleista grandiflora

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Trail to Mt Binga near Nhamadzi river crossing, Lower Chimanimani Mts

Anthocleista grandiflora

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Slopes above Garuzo Motel, Mt Garuzo, Manica

Anthocleista grandiflora

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Tava Marsh, Moribane Forest

Anthocleista grandiflora

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Tava Marsh, Moribane Forest

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Synonyms: Anthocleista zambesiaca Baker
Common names: Big-leaf (English) Forest big-leaf (English) Forest fever tree (English) Tobacco tree (English)
Status: Native
Tall straight-stemmed evergreen tree. Leaves very large, clustered near the ends of branches, obovate-oblong, stiff and leathery. Flowers in terminal branched clusters, trumpet-shaped with reflexed petals, creamy-white with a greenish tube. Sepals 5-8 mm long, green, rounded. Corolla white with 11-13 lobes. Stamens as many as the corolla lobes, equal, with short filaments. Fruit fleshy, near-spherical, smooth.
Derivation of specific name: grandiflora: large flowered
Habitat: In riverine forest and along forest margins, often in swampy places.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Jan
Worldwide distribution: East Africa southwards to northern South Africa and the Comores.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS,GI
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 10 December 2008

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Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 116.

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Flora of Caprivi: Anthocleista grandiflora
Flora of Malawi: Anthocleista grandiflora
Flora of Zambia: Anthocleista grandiflora
Flora of Zimbabwe: Anthocleista grandiflora
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Anthocleista grandiflora

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Anthocleista grandiflora
African Plant Database: Anthocleista grandiflora
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Anthocleista grandiflora
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Anthocleista grandiflora
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Anthocleista grandiflora
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Anthocleista grandiflora
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Anthocleista grandiflora
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Anthocleista grandiflora
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Anthocleista grandiflora
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Anthocleista grandiflora
JSTOR Plant Science: Anthocleista grandiflora
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Anthocleista grandiflora
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Anthocleista grandiflora
The Plant List (version 1.1): Anthocleista grandiflora
Tropicos: Anthocleista grandiflora

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Anthocleista grandiflora., retrieved 17 March 2018

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