Dichapetalum macrocarpum Engl. ex K. Krause

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Dichapetalum macrocarpum

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Muncuto, Mocimboa da Praia, Cabo Delgado

Dichapetalum macrocarpum

Photo: Warren McCleland
Muncuto, Mocimboa da Praia, Cabo Delgado

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Common names: Large-fruited dichapetalum (English)
Status: Native
Shrub. Young branchlets with spreading hairs. Leaves elliptic to oblanceolate, up to 14 × 5 cm, with long hairs on the midrib and 6-9 pairs of lateral veins above, densely short hairy below, somewhat asymmetric at the base; margin entire. Flowers in subsessile few-flowered clusters, hairy on the outside. Fruit 2-3-lobed, c. 2.5 cm long, densely covered in long stiff hairs.
Notes: The fruit is said to be very poisonous.
Derivation of specific name: macrocarpum: with large fruits
Habitat: In dry Brachystegia woodland
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania and Mozambique
Mozambique distribution: N
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Content last updated: Sunday 21 August 2016

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 398. (Includes a picture).

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 83.

Torre, A.R. (1963). Dichapetalaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 320 - 321.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dichapetalum macrocarpum
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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: Dichapetalum macrocarpum.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=179110, retrieved 24 April 2024

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