Bussea Harms

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007) Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2)

Description of the genus

Trees or occasionally shrubs, unarmed. Young shoots and inflorescences with conspicuous brown indumentum. Leaves usually mostly opposite or subopposite but frequently some not so, bipinnate, without specialised glands on petiole and rhachis; pinnae up to 8 pairs; leaflets in 3–15 pairs, alternate; stipules small, subulate. Flowers in fairly dense racemes which are aggregated to form terminal panicles or rarely are single and terminal; bracts often concave; sepals imbricate, with scarious margins; petals unequal, the upper one smaller than the rest, all ± spathulate with a brown tomentum on the outside of the claw and extending up the middle of the blade. Ovary subsessile, curving upwards towards the end, brown-tomentose with 2–3 ovules. Fruit pods 7–12 cm long, linear-oblanceolate, woody, erect, brown-tomentose especially when young, dehiscing into 2 recurving valves. Seeds 1–3, up to 2.2 cm long, oblong, compressed, elongated longitudinally in the pod.

Worldwide: Five species in Africa and Madagascar.

Zambia: 1 taxon.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
massaiensis (Taub.) Harms subsp. rhodesica Brenan [VU]NN

Other sources of information about Bussea:

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Flora of Mozambique: Bussea

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Bussea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Bussea
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Bussea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Bussea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Bussea

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Bussea.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=2361, retrieved 23 July 2019

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