Securidaca longepedunculata Fresen.

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Securidaca longepedunculata

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Securidaca longepedunculata

Drawing: Patricia Bingham

Securidaca longepedunculata

Drawing: Patricia Bingham

Securidaca longepedunculata

Tree with drooping branches;
Petauke, Mtirisi; Feb 1981.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Securidaca longepedunculata

Photo: Mike Bingham

Securidaca longepedunculata

Tree in bloom;
Oct 1973.
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Securidaca longepedunculata

Inflorescence; Sep 1972.
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Securidaca longepedunculata

Leaves & flowers; Oct 2008.
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Securidaca longepedunculata

Young fruits; Oct 1972.
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Securidaca longepedunculata

Fruits; Lusaka SE; Nov 2008.
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Securidaca longepedunculata

The larval foodplant of the butterfly, Charaxes penricei, final instar;
Lusaka SE; Jul 2008.
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Lophostylis pallida Klotzsch
Common names: Bwazi (Tonga: Zambia) Kapapi (Nyanja) Mufufuma (Ila) Mupapala (Lenje) Mupapi (Bemba) Mutata (Lunda) Violet tree (English: Zambia)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Deciduous shrub or small tree, very variable in habit, sometime spiny, occasionally with drooping branches. Leaves alternate, oblong to narrowly elliptic, grey-green, margins entire. Flowers in terminal and axillary sprays on long stalks, pink and purple, violet scented. The flowers are borne in great profusion when the leaves are still small, making a spectacular display. Fruit a small nut, bearing a single membranous wing.
Type location:
Notes: The English name derives from the violet scented flowers.
The larval foodplant of the butterfly, Charaxes penricei (Nymphalidae, Charaxinae). Lepidoptera.
Derivation of specific name: longepedunculata: with a long inflorescence stalk (peduncle)
Habitat: Woodland, scrub and grassland.
Altitude range: Up to 1600 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, southward to northern South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,Lp,N,Mc,E,C,Lk,S,W
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
Insects associated with this species: Charaxes etesipe tavetensis (Larval foodplant)
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Content last updated: Thursday 30 October 2014

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Securidaca longepedunculata., retrieved 2 October 2023

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