Markhamia obtusifolia (Baker) Sprague

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Markhamia obtusifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maforga Mission, Gondola

Markhamia obtusifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maforga Mission, Gondola

Markhamia obtusifolia

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
At ISPM, Chimoio

Markhamia obtusifolia

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
At ISPM, Chimoio

Markhamia obtusifolia

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
At ISPM, Chimoio

Markhamia obtusifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Between Bunga Camp, Gorongosa National Park and EN1

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Synonyms: Dolichandrone obtusifolia Baker
Markhamia lanata K. Schum.
Common names: Golden bean tree (English) Golden bell-bean (English) N'cluvu (Sena) N'sevu (Sena) Nchevu (Sena) Nhuvuruvu (Sena)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Shrub or small slender tree to 15 m. Leaves with 3-5 pairs of oblong-elliptic leaflets and a terminal leaflet, densely covered in golden hairs when young, woolly below. Flowers in branched, terminal panicles, showy, golden yellow with reddish stripes on the lower corolla lobes. Fruit a long slender capsule, somewhat flattened, densely covered in golden hairs.
Derivation of specific name: obtusifolia: with obtuse leaves
Habitat: In open woodland and on margins of evergreen forest, often pioneering in secondary vegetation.
Altitude range: Up to 1300 m
Flowering time:Nov - Jun
Worldwide distribution: From Angola and Namibia eastwards and from the DRC and Kenya southwards to South Africa, including Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Content last updated: Friday 11 March 2016

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Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (2013). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Second edition) Struik, South Africa Pages 478 - 479. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Markhamia obtusifolia
Flora of Caprivi: Markhamia obtusifolia
Flora of Malawi: Markhamia obtusifolia
Flora of Zambia: Markhamia obtusifolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Markhamia obtusifolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Markhamia obtusifolia

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Markhamia obtusifolia
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Markhamia obtusifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Markhamia obtusifolia
The Plant List (version 1.1): Markhamia obtusifolia
Tropicos: Markhamia obtusifolia

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: Markhamia obtusifolia., retrieved 23 October 2018

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