Guibourtia coleosperma (Benth.) J. LĂ©onard

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Guibourtia coleosperma

Mongu-Senanga; May 2006.
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Guibourtia coleosperma

Tree in bloom;
Livingstone; Dec 1971.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Guibourtia coleosperma

Livingstone; Dec 1971.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Guibourtia coleosperma

Flower; Livingstone; Dec 1971.
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Guibourtia coleosperma

Fruit; Livingstone; Aug 1973.
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Guibourtia coleosperma

Aug 1973.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Guibourtia coleosperma

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1974; Suzanne Carter

Guibourtia coleosperma

Drawing showing characteristics forGuibourtia
1974; Suzanne Carter

Guibourtia coleosperma

Drawing showing characteristics forGuibourtia
1974; Suzanne Carter

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Synonyms: Copaifera coleosperma Benth.
Common names: Musyibi (Lunda) Musyibi (Lozi) Musyibi (Luvale) Muzaule (Lozi)
Status: Native
Medium to large, almost evergreen, tree, to 20 m. Bark very characteristic, pinkish-cream with flaking patches of dark brown to black. The dark patches are often very extensive in older trees, giving them a burnt look. Leaves 2-foliolate; leaflets broadly sickle-shaped, 3-10 cm long, very asymmetric, glossy green above, paler below, hairless; apex acuminate. Flowers in lax terminal heads, creamy-white, c. 1 cm in diameter. Fruit a broad, woody pod, only 2-3 cm long, dark brown, splitting on one side only, partially releasing a single brown seed with a bright red aril, which is still attached to the pod by a narrow stalk.
Type location:
Zambia, Batoka Highlands
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Kalahari woodland
Altitude range: 750 - 1400 m
Flowering time:(Oct-)Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Angola, southern DRC, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,C,S,W
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 25 June 2013

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Pages 44 - 46. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 318. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 204 - 205. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 213.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 242.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 254. (Includes a picture).

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 44.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 67.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 21. as Copaifera colesperma

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 209.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 378 - 379. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H., Biegel, H.M. & Mavi, S. (1972). A Rhodesian Botanical Dictionary of African and English Plant Names Ministry of Agriculture Page 177.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Guibourtia coleosperma., retrieved 21 February 2024

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