Pterocarpus brenanii Barbosa & Torre

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Pterocarpus brenanii

Lusaka 1976
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Status: Native
Shrub or small to medium sized deciduous tree. Bark pale brown to grey, peeling in narrow strips in older specimens. Leaves imparipinnate with up to 5-7 leaflets; leaflets ovate, oblong to almost round, from 5.5 × 4cm to 12 × 12cm, shiny green; apex rounded to almost square; margin entire. Stipules conspicuous, large and shield-like, up to 2.5 cm wide (image no. 2). Flowers in dense axillary and terminal sprays, golden-yellow. Fruit a flattened oval pod, up to 10 × 7.5 cm, markedly swollen over the single seed, surrounded by a thick membranous wing.
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Habitat: In mixed deciduous woodland.
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Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Insects associated with this species: Abantis venosa (Larval foodplant)
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Content last updated: Tuesday 10 January 2017

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 57 - 58.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 329. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 46.

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 390. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 225.

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

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 50.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Pterocarpus brenanii., retrieved 27 September 2023

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