Bombax rhodognaphalon K. Schum.

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Bombax rhodognaphalon

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Catapu, Sofala

Bombax rhodognaphalon

Photo: Bart Wursten
Catapu, Sofala

Bombax rhodognaphalon

Photo: Bart Wursten
Catapu, Sofala

Bombax rhodognaphalon

Photo: Bart Wursten
Catapu, Sofala

Bombax rhodognaphalon

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Catapu, Sofala

Bombax rhodognaphalon

Photo: Bart Wursten
River below Nharizengere Falls, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Bombax rhodognaphalon

Photo: Bart Wursten
River below Nharizengere Falls, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Bombax rhodognaphalon

Photo: Bart Wursten
River below Nharizengere Falls, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Bombax rhodognaphalon

Photo: Bart Wursten
River below Nharizengere Falls, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Bombax mossambicense A. Robyns
Bombax rhodognaphalum K. Schum. var. tomentosum A. Robyns
Bombax stolzii Ulbr.
Rhodognaphalon schumannianum A. Robyns sensu Coates Palgrave
Rhodognaphalon stolzii (Ulbr.) A. Robyns
Rhodognaphalon tanganyikense A. Robyns
Common names: Fleece-fruit (English) N'ghuza (Sena)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Medium-sized to large deciduous tree. Bark smooth, greenish yellow. Leaves spirally arranged at the ends of branches, digitate with 3-7 leaflets; leaflets oblong-elliptic, largest up to 2 × 2 cm; apex attenuate; margin entire. Flowers axillary, solitary or in 2-5 flowered clusters, large and striking, up to 18 cm in diameter, pale yellow to apricot with red stamens. Fruit an ovoid woody capsule, c. 6 cm long, dehiscent, splitting into 5 valves, revealing numerous brown seeds, embedded in a wool of reddish brown silky hairs.
Notes: See taxonomy note under Bombax.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In dry open woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jul - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Kenya and Tanzania southwards to Mozambique
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 28 September 2017
Literature:

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 584. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 707.

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 37. as var. rhodognaphalon and var. tomentosum

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & White, F. (1990). New and noteworthy plants from the evergreen forests of Malawi Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 60(1/2) Pages 75 - 76.

Robyns, A. (1957). Le Genre Bombax en Afrique Tropicale Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de L'Etat Bruxelles 27(4) Pages 664 - 666. Also as B. mossambicense and B. stolzii

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 62.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 172 - 173. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1961). Bombacaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 513 - 515. As var. rhodognaphalon and var. tomentosum and also as B. mossambicenses (Includes a picture).

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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: Bombax rhodognaphalon.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=167500, retrieved 15 October 2019

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