Clausena anisata (Willd.) Hook. f. ex Benth.

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Clausena anisata

Katanga Province, DRC
Oct 2006
Photo: Jos Stevens

Clausena anisata

Katanga Province, DRC
Oct 2007
Photo: Jos Stevens

Clausena anisata

Katanga Province, DRC
Nov 2006
Photo: Jos Stevens

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Synonyms: Clausena abyssinica (Engl.) Engl.
Clausena inaequalis (DC.) Benth.
Common names:
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Leaves pinnately compound with 10-17 alternate or subopposite leaflets and a terminal leaflet. The leaves are densely dotted with glands and have a strong scent when crushed. The scent has been likened to aniseed and opinions vary on its pleasantness. Inflorescence a branched axillary spray; flowers small but attractive, white with orange-yellow stamens.
Type location:
Notes: in lunda of D.R.Congo, Katanga “Chinvuvu"= stink bug
Derivation of specific name: anisata: aniseed-scented
Habitat: In, and on the margins of, evergreen forest.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Aug - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical africa to South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Lp,Mc,C
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Papilio ophidicephalus chirinda (Food plant)
Papilio dardanus cenea (Food plant)
Papilio demodocus demodocus (Food plant)
Papilio echeroides chirindanus (Larval foodplant)
Papilio nireus lyaeus (Larval foodplant)
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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Clausena anisata., retrieved 10 August 2020

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