Brachystegia tamarindoides Benth.
subsp. microphylla (Harms) Chikuni

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Brachystegia tamarindoides subsp. microphylla

Drawing: Suzanne Carter

Brachystegia tamarindoides subsp. microphylla

Drawing: Suzanne Carter

Brachystegia tamarindoides subsp. microphylla

Drawing: Suzanne Carter

Brachystegia tamarindoides subsp. microphylla

Drawing: Patricia Bingham

Brachystegia tamarindoides subsp. microphylla

Drawing leaflet A= Leaflets
Drawing: Patricia Bingham

Brachystegia tamarindoides subsp. microphylla

Kafue Town; 1970.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Brachystegia tamarindoides subsp. microphylla

Kafue Town; 1970.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Brachystegia tamarindoides subsp. microphylla

Kafue Town; 1970.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Brachystegia tamarindoides subsp. microphylla

Tree on granite sand. One of a stand of mature trees;
Chingola town; Apr 2010.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Brachystegia tamarindoides subsp. microphylla

On granite sand. One of a stand of mature trees;
Chingola town; Apr 2010.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Brachystegia tamarindoides subsp. microphylla

On granite sand. One of a stand of mature trees;
Chingola town; Apr 2010.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Brachystegia tamarindoides subsp. microphylla

Mbala, Kalambo farm; Jul 2005.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Brachystegia tamarindoides subsp. microphylla

Mbala, Kalambo farm; Jul 2005.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Brachystegia tamarindoides subsp. microphylla

Dominant tree in a rocky area flanking rapids;
Kundabikwa falls; Dec 2002.
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Brachystegia fischeri Taub.
Brachystegia glaucescens Hutch. & Burtt Davy
Brachystegia microphylla Harms
Brachystegia pectinata Sim
Brachystegia reticulata Hutch & Burtt Davy
Common names: Muguswi (Tonga: Zambia) Mukongolo (Nyanja) Muswelele (Lunda) Mutitima (Tonga: Zambia) Mwelele (Bemba)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Tree 4-35 m tall, bark smooth, grey, flaking in thin patches exposing yellow new bark. Young branchlets glabrous or pubescent with erect hairs. Leaflets in 6−72 pairs, the middle pairs or those next to the proximal or distal ones largest.
Type location:
Tanzania, Iringa
Notes: The decision to sink B.glaucescens into subsp. microphylla leaves Zambia with just one subspecies, yet opinion is divided on whether the name glaucescens should not be retained for the more widespread form with larger leaflets.
Derivation of specific name: glaucescens: becoming glaucous (bluish-green)
Habitat: Escarpment woodland, on rocky slopes.
Altitude range: 800 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,Lp,N,Mc,C,Lk,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 26 June 2013
Literature:

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Pages 97 - 99.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 119. as Brachystegia tamarindoides and Brachystegia microphylla

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 7. As Brachystegia glaucescens

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 85 - 88. as Brachystegia tamarindoides (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 212. as Brachystegia glaucescens

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

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 64 - 65. as Brachystegia glaucescens (Includes a picture).

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 104 - 105. as Brachystegia microphylla (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Pages 19 - 20. as Brachystegia tamarindoides

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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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Brachystegia tamarindoides
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Brachystegia tamarindoides
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-18

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2018). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Brachystegia tamarindoides subsp. microphylla.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=126620, retrieved 23 September 2018

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