Gonatopus boivinii (Decne.) Engl.

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Gonatopus boivinii

Key character: the pulvinus on the petiole;
Lusaka SE 13km; Oct 2009.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Gonatopus boivinii

Lusaka SE, grown from seed Lutomfwa; Nov 2006.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Gonatopus boivinii

Lusaka SE, grown from seed Lutomfwa; Nov 2006.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Gonatopus boivinii

Lusaka SE, grown from seed Lutomfwa; Nov 2006.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Gonatopus boivinii

Lusaka SE, grown from seed Lutomfwa; Nov 2006.
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Zamioculcas boivinii Decne.
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional to locally frequent
Status: Native
Tuber depressed, globose, leaf blade trisect, primary divisions bipinnate. Inflorescences 1-5, appearing just before leaf emergence; flowers cream.
Type location:
Notes: Flowers Zambia: Aug-Nov (Feb). Conservation status: widespread, not threatened.
Derivation of specific name: boivinii: named after Louis Hyacinthe Boivin (1808-1852), a French botanical collector in East Africa, Madagascar and the Mascarenes.
Habitat: Forest and woodland margins.
Altitude range: Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, D.R. Congo, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, KwaZulu-Natal.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp,N,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Monday 28 July 2014

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 29.

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 119.

Haigh, A. & Boyce, P. (2012). Araceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(1) Pages 25 - 26.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 85.

Mayo, S.J. (1985). Araceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 10.

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 1 - 2. (Includes a picture).

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Page 570. (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 45.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Gonatopus boivinii.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=112000, retrieved 6 December 2022

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