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.

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 89.

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
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
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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
Plants of the World Online: Cola mossambicensis
Tropicos: Cola mossambicensis
Wikipedia: Cola mossambicensis


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Cola mossambicensis.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=169540, retrieved 27 November 2020

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