Symphonia L.f.

Robson, N.K.B. (1961) Guttiferae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2)

Description of the genus

Medium or large trees, rarely shrubs. Leaves opposite, petiolate, entire, ± coriaceous, glabrous, with ± prominent venation, opaque or rarely with translucent glands. Inflorescence a terminal one- to many-flowered, corymbose or umbellate cyme. Flowers pedicellate; sepals 5; petals 5, incurved at anthesis. Androecium of 5 fascicles of stamens united to form a tube round the ovary and 5 united fasciclodes forming an annulus outside the stamen tube. Ovary 5-locular. Fruit a 1–3-seeded berry with tough epidermis. Seeds large, with a fibrous aril.

Worldwide: 16 species in Madagascar.

Zambia: 1 taxon.

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Other sources of information about Symphonia:

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Symphonia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Symphonia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Symphonia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Symphonia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Symphonia
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iNaturalist: Symphonia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Symphonia
JSTOR Plant Science: Symphonia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Symphonia
Plants of the World Online: Symphonia
Tropicos: Symphonia
Wikipedia: Symphonia

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Symphonia., retrieved 29 September 2023

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