Cryptosepalum maraviense Oliv.

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Cryptosepalum maraviense

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Cryptosepalum maraviense

Lumangwe falls; Nov 2010.
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Cryptosepalum maraviense

Mpika-Kasama, just North of Chambeshi Bridge; Oct 1996.
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Cryptosepalum maraviense

Kalungwishi Bridge; Sep 2008.
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Cryptosepalum maraviense

Kalungwishi Bridge; Sep 2008.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Cryptosepalum maraviense

Miombo woodland; 80-mile dambo; Nov 2007.
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Cryptosepalum maraviense

Luwingu; Sep 2000.
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Common names: Kakubi (Lunda) Mpandala (Bemba)
Status: Native
Suffrutex, to 40 cm, with annual stems arising from a thick woody rootstock. Leaves with 3-16 pairs of leaflets: leaflets oblong with an asymmetric base. Inflorescence a single terminal raceme. Bracteoles 5-15 mm, elliptic. Petal 1 (-3). Pod 2.5-5 cm, 1-2-seeded.
Type location:
Notes: Eight minor variants are recognised in miombo woodlands from Angola and Congo to Tanzania, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
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Habitat: Miombo woodland, dambo.
Altitude range: 450 - 1550 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: From Angola and DRC to Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,Mc,C,Lk
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
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Content last updated: Tuesday 25 June 2013

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 36 - 37. (Includes a picture).

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Pages 70 - 75. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 121. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 253. (Includes a picture).

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

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Cryptosepalum maraviense., retrieved 18 July 2024

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