Dalbergia obovata E. Mey.

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Dalbergia obovata

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Inhaca Island, Mozambique

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Common names: Climbing flat-bean (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree to 5 m or a liane to 30 m, without spines. Leaves with 3-4 leaflets on each side of the rhachis; leaflets 1.5 - 4.5 cm long, obovate to elliptic, glabrous above, sparsely hairy beneath; margin undulate. Inflorescence of axillary and terminal panicles. Flowers white, 6-7 mm long. Calyx 5-lobed, appressed-puberulous. Standard with claw 1.5 mm long. Pod flat, 3.5 - 7 cm long, thickened and reticulate over the 1-2 seeds.
Derivation of specific name: obovata: with obovate leaves
Habitat: In riverine vegetation and coastal thickets and forest
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Eastern Tanzania, southern Mozambique and South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal)
Mozambique distribution: GI,M
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Catalebeda cuneilinea (Larval foodplant)
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Content last updated: Thursday 26 August 2010

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) Pages 73 - 74.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 298. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 388. (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 67.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dalbergia obovata
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Dalbergia obovata
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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: Dalbergia obovata.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=178120, retrieved 22 March 2023

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