Ekebergia benguelensis Welw. ex C.DC.

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Ekebergia benguelensis

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Ekebergia benguelensis

Drawing: Doreen Bolnick

Ekebergia benguelensis

Drawing: Doreen Bolnick

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Synonyms: Ekebergia arborea Baker f.
Common names:
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized semi-deciduous tree. Leaves crowded near the ends of branches, pinnate with 3-4 pairs of leaflets and a terminal leaflet; petiole and rhachis often red. Flowers in many-flowered heads, unisexual on separate trees, white or pinkish, sweetly scented. Fruits fleshy, more or less spherical, about 15 mm in diameter, pink to bright red when ripe.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: benguelensis: after the Benguella region of Angola
Habitat: Woodland and wooded grassland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: East Africa and DRC south to Zimbabwe, Angola and Mozambique
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,E,C,S,W
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Cirina forda (Food plant)
Pseudobunaea tyrrhena (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Monday 9 January 2017

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 381. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 23.

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 212 - 217. also as Ekebergia sp. cf. E. velutina (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 43.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 250.

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 106 - 107. (Includes a picture).

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 62.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Pages 31 - 32. as Ekebergia arborea (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 121.

White, F. & Styles, B.T. (1963). Meliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 318 - 319.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 95.

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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: Ekebergia benguelensis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133530, retrieved 21 June 2024

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