Pterolobium stellatum (Forssk.) Brenan

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Pterolobium stellatum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Nyanga rd near Mutare Junction.

Pterolobium stellatum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Nyanga rd near Mutare Junction.

Pterolobium stellatum

Picture: Mark Hyde
Bushman Point carpark, Lake Chivero

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Synonyms: Cantuffa exosa J.F. Gmel.
Pterolobium exosum (J.F. Gmel.) Baker f.
Pterolobium lacerans R. Br.
Common names:
Status: Native
Large scrambling or climbing shrub. The woody rope-like stems bear prominent thorny projections. The stems and 2-pinnate leaves are armed with small recurved thorns. The fruit is a brilliant red samara.
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Habitat: Gallery forest.
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Flowering time:Mar - Jun
Worldwide distribution:
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,C,Lk,S
Growth form(s): Climber, liane.
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Content last updated: Wednesday 26 June 2013

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Pages 174 - 177. (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 262. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 30.

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.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Pages 21 - 22. as Pterolobium exosum

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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Flora of Malawi: Pterolobium stellatum
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pterolobium stellatum
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pterolobium stellatum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pterolobium stellatum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Pterolobium stellatum
Tropicos: Pterolobium stellatum

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Pterolobium stellatum., retrieved 26 May 2019

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