Bobgunnia madagascariensis (Desv.) J.H. Kirkbr. & Wiersama

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Bobgunnia madagascariensis

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Bobgunnia madagascariensis

Drawing: Patricia Bingham

Bobgunnia madagascariensis

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Bobgunnia madagascariensis

Lusaka SE 13km; 1972.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Bobgunnia madagascariensis

Lusaka SE 13km; 1972.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Bobgunnia madagascariensis

Lusaka SE 13km; 1972.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Bobgunnia madagascariensis

Lusaka SE 13km; Oct 2008.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Bobgunnia madagascariensis

Lusaka SE 13km; 1972.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Bobgunnia madagascariensis

A large log for sale to wood carvers, expected to fetch K300 – 500;
Lusaka, Chifwema Road; Mar 2010.
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Swartzia madagascariensis Desv.
Common names: Kapwipu (Lunda) Musyaka-syela (Lozi) Ndale (Bemba) Ndale (Lenje) Ndale (Nyanja) Snake bean (English: Zambia)
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Usually a small deciduous tree, 3-4 m in height. Stems and branches often much twisted and contorted; bark dark grey rough and fissured. leaves imparipinnate with 5-11 alternate to subopposite leaflets; leaflets elliptic to obovate, 2.5-7 cm, leathery, dark green and hairless above, yellowish velvety below. Flowers in lax 2-10-flowered sprays, with one large white petal and a mass of orange yellow stamens, sweetly scented. Pod cylindric, up to 30 cm, dark brown to black when ripe, indehiscent.
Type location:
Not known, not Madagascar.
Notes: Used for wood carving. The crushed pods are used for stunning fish in drying pools, enabling them to be easily caught.
Derivation of specific name: madagascariensis: from Madagascar, but this is misleading as it does not occur there
Habitat: Miombo woodland
Altitude range: 150 - 1740 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: West Africa, D.R. Congo, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Caprivi.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,Lp,N,Mc,E,C,Lk,S,W
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
Insects associated with this species: Abantis zambesiaca (Larval foodplant)
Deudorix dinochares (Larval foodplant)
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Content last updated: Monday 2 June 2014
Literature:

Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. and Verdcourt, B. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(3) Pages 24 - 26. As Swartzia madagascariensis (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 335. As Swartzia madagascariensis (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 6.

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 44. as Swartzia emadagascariensis

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 228 - 229. as Swartzia madagascariensis (Includes a picture).

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

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 244. As Swartzia madagascariensis

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 82 - 83. as Swartzia madagascariensis (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. As Swartzia madagascariensis

Kirkbride, J.H. & Wiersema, J.H. (1997). Bobgunnia, a new African genus of the tribe Swartzieae (Fabaceae, Faboideae) Brittonia 49(1) Page 704.

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 51. As Swartzia madagascariensis

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 62.

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 86 - 87. (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 22. as Swartzia madagascariensis (Includes a picture).

Sturgeon, K.E. (1954). A Revised List of the Grasses of Southern Rhodesia, Part IV. Rhodesia Agricultural Journal 51(1) Pages 122 - 126. as Swartzia madagascariensis (Includes a picture).

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 213. as Swartzia madagascariensis

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Bobgunnia madagascariensis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=127240, retrieved 14 October 2019

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