Garcinia buchananii Baker

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Garcinia buchananii

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Synonyms: Garcinia huillensis Welw. ex Oliv.
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Status: Native
Small evergreen tree. Leaves oblong or elliptic, thick and leathery, exuding a yellow sticky latex when broken. Lateral veins conspicuously etched on both surfaces. Flowers solitary or in small clusters, axillary, greenish-yellow, short-lived. Fruits fleshy, spherical, yellow when ripe, edible.
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Derivation of specific name: buchananii: after John Buchanan (1855 – 1896), Scottish horticulturist, missionary, farmer and plant collector in Malawi, who became Acting British Consul to Central Africa.
Habitat: On granite kopjes, rocky outcrops and in riverine fringes.
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Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: From the Sudan southwards through eastern Africa to Angola, Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces):
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Content last updated: Thursday 30 January 2014

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 127. (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 614. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 27.

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 150 - 151. (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 35. As Garcinia huillensis

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 40. as Garcinia huillensis

Robson, N.K.B. (1961). Guttiferae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 402 - 403. As Garcinia huillensis

Smith, P. & Allen, Q. (2004). Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the Miombo Woodlands Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ISBN 1 84246 073 0 Pages 28 - 29. as Garcinia huillensis (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 68.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 281. As Garcinia huillensis

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Garcinia buchananii
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Flora of Mozambique: Garcinia buchananii
Flora of Zimbabwe: Garcinia buchananii

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Garcinia buchananii
African Plant Database: Garcinia buchananii
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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: Garcinia buchananii., retrieved 1 March 2024

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