Cola mossambicensis Willd.

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Cola mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road East of Casa Banana.

Cola mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road East of Casa Banana.

Cola mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Sandforest loop, Gorongosa National Park

Cola mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Sandforest loop, Gorongosa National Park

Cola mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Cola mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Cola mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Cola mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms:
Common names: Large-leaved cola (English)
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Small to large evergreen tree. Leaves obovate to elliptic, up to 22 cm long, leathery, velvety when young becoming hairless; margin entire or with sinuate hairs; petiole long, up to 6 cm with a pulvinus (swelling) below the blade. Flowers unisexual, mostly on different trees, in clusters on the old wood, creamy-white but densely covered in rusty brown hairs. Fruit 1-2 carpels, c. 1.5 cm long, covered in short rusty-brown hairs.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: mossambicensis: of Mozambique.
Habitat: In low-altitude evergreen- and dry forest.
Altitude range: Up to 600 m
Flowering time:Nov
Worldwide distribution: Malawi and Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Content last updated: Monday 21 December 2015
Literature:

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 592. (Includes a picture).

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 111.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 178 - 179.

Wild, H. (1960-1). Sterculiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 560 - 561.

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Flora of Malawi: Cola mossambicensis

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


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: Cola mossambicensis.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=169540, retrieved 16 July 2019

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