Sorindeia madagascariensis Thouars

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Sorindeia madagascariensis

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Close to Mueda, Makonde Plateau, Mozambique

Sorindeia madagascariensis

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Close to Mueda, Makonde Plateau, Mozambique

Sorindeia madagascariensis

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Close to Mueda, Makonde Plateau, Mozambique

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Synonyms: Sorindeia obtusifoliata Engl.
Common names:
Status: Native
Much-branched evergreen tree up to c. 10 m tall. Leaves imparipinnate with petiole and rhachis up to 32 cm long; leaflets 7-13, alternate to sub-opposite, light green, sometimes slightly discolorous, oblong-elliptic, up to 24 cm long, asymmetric at the base; basal leaflets much smaller; terminal leaflet largest, up to 34 cm long, oblong-obovate, symmetric at the base; margins entire, somewhat wavy; petiole swollen at the base. Flowers small, with petals pale reddish-orange or dull red outside, dull yellow inside, in large pendent panicles, 20-95 cm long, usually on the older branches below the leaves or on the trunk. Fruit a drupe, ellipsoid, pointed at the apex, up to 2.5 cm long, bright yellow when ripe.
Notes: The fruit is edible.
Derivation of specific name: madagascariensis: of Madagascar, where the type specimen was found.
Habitat: In coastal, riverine and other types of forest and woodland, often in wet places.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Sunday 30 December 2012

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 492. (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 23.

Fernandes, R. & A. (1966). Anacardiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 568 - 569.

Kokwaro, J.O. (1986). Anacardiaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 46 - 48. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 38.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Sorindeia madagascariensis., retrieved 3 March 2024

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