Millettia mossambicensis J.B. Gillett

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Millettia mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Catapu, Sofala

Millettia mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Catapu, Sofala

Millettia mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Catapu, Sofala

Millettia mossambicensis

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Catapu, Sofala

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Status: Native
Small tree up to 7m. Leaves with 3 pairs of leaflets and a terminal leaflet; lower leaflets ovate, upper ones elliptic; terminal leaflet usually largest, up to 11 × 7 cm; midrib prominent below with 8-10 pairs of lateral veins, not quite reaching the margin; apex with a hair-like tip. Flowers in terminal panicles, purple-blue. Pod oblanceolate, flattened, up to 12 cm long, rusty brown, velvety.
Notes: Fairly widespread in Mozambique but threatened by over-exploitation for local construction.
Derivation of specific name: mossambicensis: of Mozambique
Habitat: Lowland woodland and forest
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Endemic to Central Mozambique
Mozambique distribution: N,MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Content last updated: Saturday 21 April 2012

Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(3) Page 109.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 320. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 377.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 70.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 54.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Millettia mossambicensis
African Plant Database: Millettia mossambicensis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Millettia mossambicensis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Millettia mossambicensis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Millettia mossambicensis
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iNaturalist: Millettia mossambicensis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Millettia mossambicensis
JSTOR Plant Science: Millettia mossambicensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Millettia mossambicensis
Plants of the World Online: Millettia mossambicensis
Tropicos: Millettia mossambicensis
Wikipedia: Millettia mossambicensis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Millettia mossambicensis., retrieved 3 October 2023

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