Triplochiton zambesiacus Milne-Redh.

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Triplochiton zambesiacus

Lusaka 1976
Drawing: Patricia Bingham

Triplochiton zambesiacus

Lusaka 1976
Drawing: Patricia Bingham

Triplochiton zambesiacus

Lusaka 1976
Drawing: Patricia Bingham

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Common names:
Large spreading tree. Bark flaking in whitish and pale grey patches, giving a mottled appearance. Leaves spirally arranged, up to 12 × 14 cm, palmately 5-9-lobed with lobes ovate-oblong, stellate hairy when young, hairless when older, sometimes with a few hairs remaining at the base of the veins below; base cordate. Flowers in 1-4-flowered axillary and terminal clusters, white to yellowish with a deep red centre, showy, 5-7 cm in diameter, opening only in the mornings. Fruit up to 5 hairy carpels, each with a stiff membranous hairy wing up to 9 × 3 cm, pale straw-coloured with darker markings.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: zambesiacus: of the Zambezi region
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Dec - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Content last updated: Tuesday 10 January 2017

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 259.

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 80.

Wild, H. (1960-1). Sterculiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 549 - 550. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Triplochiton zambesiacus., retrieved 26 September 2023

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