Brachystegia boehmii Taub.

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Brachystegia boehmii

Drawing: Suzanne Carter

Brachystegia boehmii

Drawing: Suzanne Carter

Brachystegia boehmii

Drawing: Suzanne Carter

Brachystegia boehmii

Drawing: Suzanne Carter

Brachystegia boehmii

Chingola; Sep 1976.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Brachystegia boehmii

Photo: Mike Bingham

Brachystegia boehmii

Leaflet; Lusaka; Sep 2012.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Brachystegia boehmii

Photo: Mike Bingham

Brachystegia boehmii

Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Brachystegia woodiana Harms
Common names: Mubomba (Kaonde) Mubomba (Lamba) Mubomba (Lunda) Musamba (Bemba) Musamba (Kaonde) Musamba (Lenje) Musamba (Lunda) Muwombo (Bemba) Muwombo (Lunda) Muwombo (Nyanja) Muwombo (Tonga: Zambia)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Tree to 15 m tall; young branchlets glabrous or brown pubescent. Leaves up to 35 cm long, with 15−30 leaflet pairs; leaflets of the middle pair 30−65 × 7−18 mm, surfaces not markedly discolorous. Dormant axillary buds flattened.
Type location:
Tanzania, Tabora District
Derivation of specific name: boehmii: after Richard Böhm (1854-1884), a German plant collector in Tanzania in 1882.
Habitat: A constituent of drier miombo woodland, particularly on poorly drained soil and rocky terrain.
Altitude range: 900 - 1600 m
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and northern Botswana.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,Lp,N,C,Lk,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Teniorhinus harona (Larval foodplant)
Mesogenea varians (Larval foodplant)
Olapa fulviceps (Larval foodplant)
Salma melapastalis (Larval foodplant)
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Content last updated: Wednesday 26 June 2013

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Smith, P. & Allen, Q. (2004). Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the Miombo Woodlands Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ISBN 1 84246 073 0 Pages 94 - 95. (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 20. as Brachystegia woodiana

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 90.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Brachystegia boehmii., retrieved 19 July 2024

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