Julbernardia globiflora (Benth.) Troupin

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Julbernardia globiflora

Drawing: Suzanne Carter

Julbernardia globiflora

Drawing: Suzanne Carter

Julbernardia globiflora

Drawing: Suzanne Carter

Julbernardia globiflora

Drawing: Suzanne Carter

Julbernardia globiflora

North Luangwa NP; May 2010.
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Julbernardia globiflora

Lusaka, New Kasama; Jul 2009.
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Julbernardia globiflora

Mansa; Oct 1997.
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Julbernardia globiflora

Woodland; Lusaka woodland; Apr 2012.
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Synonyms: Berlinia eminii Taub.
Berlinia globiflora (Benth.) Harms ex Engl.
Isoberlinia globiflora (Benth.) Hutch. ex Greenway
Common names: Kabunga (Bemba) Kabunga (Lenje) Kabunga (Nyanja) Kamponi (Bemba) Kamponi (Nyanja) Kamponi (Tonga: Zambia) Mpasa (Bemba) Mpasa (Kaonde) Mwanza (Ila) Mwanza (Lozi)
Frequency: Locally dominant
Status: Native
Tree, 3−15 m, occasionally taller, often dwarf on shallow soils, gregarious, deciduous; bark on trunk rough, on young branches smooth and pale; young shoots pubescent, becoming glabrescent; leaflets in 4−6 pairs, dull in appearance, fringed with white pubescent; flowers (late November to February) in terminal panicles; pods brown tomentose.
Type location:
Malawi, Shire Highlands
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Lower rainfall miombo woodland and lower altitudes. Particularly characteristic of rocky slopes, gravel hillsides, and thin granite or quartzite soils. On the plateau it is associated with poor, residual soils.
Altitude range: Up to 1950 m
Flowering time:Oct - May
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, DRC, FZ countries and the Caprivi Strip.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,E,C,Lk,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Eucraera gemmata (Food plant)
Fresna nyassae (Food plant)
Gynanisa maja (Larval foodplant)
Cinabra hyperbius (Larval foodplant)
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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 81 - 83. (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 259. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 34.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 22.

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 107 - 110. Isoberlinea globiflora (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 42.

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 243.

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 70 - 71. (Includes a picture).

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1967). The influence of copper content of the soil on trees and shrubs of Molly South Hill, Mangula Kirkia 6(1) Pages 63 - 84.

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 68.

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 124 - 125. (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Pages 18 - 19. as Berlinia globiflora (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 91.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Julbernardia globiflora.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=126770, retrieved 21 April 2024

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