Ekebergia capensis Sparrm.

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Ekebergia capensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands lay-by, Vumba

Ekebergia capensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands lay-by, Vumba

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Synonyms: Ekebergia meyeri C. Presl ex C.DC
Common names:
Status: Native
Medium-sized evergreen tree. Leaves imparipinnate with 3-5 pairs of leaflets plus a terminal leaflet. Leaflets glossy green, oblong-lanceolate, asymmetrical at the base; margin entire. Flowers in loose sprays among the leaves, small, greenish-white, sometimes flushed pink. Male and female flowers on different trees. Fruit a round fleshy berry, pink to bright red when ripe.
Type location:
South Africa, Cape Province
Derivation of specific name: capensis: of the Cape
Habitat: In montane and riverine forest.
Altitude range: Up to 1670 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Widespread from Northeastern Africa southwards on the eastern side to South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Lp,Mc,E,C,Lk,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)
Holocerina smilax (Larval food plant)
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 208. (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 381. (Includes a picture).

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

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 18.

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

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 86.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 27.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 32. also as Ekebergia meyeri

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 316 - 318. (Includes a picture).

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

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Flora of Botswana: Ekebergia capensis
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Flora of Malawi: Ekebergia capensis
Flora of Mozambique: Ekebergia capensis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ekebergia capensis
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Ekebergia capensis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ekebergia capensis
African Plant Database: Ekebergia capensis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ekebergia capensis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ekebergia capensis
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ekebergia capensis
JSTOR Plant Science: Ekebergia capensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ekebergia capensis
Plants of the World Online: Ekebergia capensis
Tropicos: Ekebergia capensis
Wikipedia: Ekebergia capensis

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 capensis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133540, retrieved 21 June 2024

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