Dalbergia arbutifolia Baker
subsp. arbutifolia

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Dalbergia arbutifolia subsp. arbutifolia

Picture: Bart Wursten
Hot Springs, Save-Odzi Valley

Dalbergia arbutifolia subsp. arbutifolia

Picture: Bart Wursten
By Mazowe River, between camp and weir, Hippo Pools

Dalbergia arbutifolia subsp. arbutifolia

Picture: Mark Hyde
Humani Ranch, area close to the west bank of the Save River

Dalbergia arbutifolia subsp. arbutifolia

Picture: Mark Hyde
Humani Ranch, area close to the west bank of the Save River

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Synonyms: Dalbergia sambesiaca Schinz
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Status: Native
Usually a liane, with modified or coiled branchlets for climbing, but sometimes a scandent shrub or small tree. Bark grey-brown, flaking in small pieces. Leaves imparipinnate, with 9-19 elliptic, oblong or obovate leaflets, largest c. 4 × 2 cm; apex rounded or slightly notched. Flowers in axillary panicles, small, white, fading to yellow, sweetly scented. Pods elliptic-oblong, 8-15 cm, with prominent veining, brown, pubescent, single-seeded
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Habitat: In deciduous woodland and riverine forest.
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): C,Lk
Growth form(s): Climber, tree, liane, shrub over 2 m.
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Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(3) Pages 70 - 72. As Dalbergia arbutifolia (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 294. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 20. as Dalbergia arbutifolia aberrans

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 219. as Dalbergia arbutifolia

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 246. As Dalbergia arbutifolia

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 47.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 96 - 97.

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Flora of Malawi: Dalbergia arbutifolia subsp. arbutifolia
Flora of Mozambique: Dalbergia arbutifolia subsp. arbutifolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Dalbergia arbutifolia subsp. arbutifolia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dalbergia arbutifolia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Dalbergia arbutifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Dalbergia arbutifolia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Dalbergia arbutifolia
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iNaturalist: Dalbergia arbutifolia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Dalbergia arbutifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Dalbergia arbutifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dalbergia arbutifolia
Plants of the World Online: Dalbergia arbutifolia
Tropicos: Dalbergia arbutifolia
Wikipedia: Dalbergia arbutifolia

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: Dalbergia arbutifolia subsp. arbutifolia.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=131020, retrieved 24 May 2024

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