Monotes engleri Gilg

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Monotes engleri

Open scrubland on Kalahari sand
Lubinda Village, Kaoma Distr.
Feb 2021
Photo: Nick Wightman

Monotes engleri

Open scrubland on Kalahari sand
Lubinda Village, Kaoma Distr.
Feb 2021
Photo: Nick Wightman

Monotes engleri

Open scrubland on Kalahari sand
Lubinda Village, Kaoma Distr.
Feb 2021
Photo: Nick Wightman

Monotes engleri

Open scrubland on Kalahari sand
Lubinda Village, Kaoma Distr.
Feb 2021
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Monotes caloneurus Gilg.
Monotes dawei H.H.Bancr.
Monotes elegans Gilg.
Monotes hypoleucus sensu Eyles
Monotes hypoleucus var. caloneurus (Gilg) Meerts
Monotes schmitzii P.A.Duvign
Monotes tomentellus Hutch.
Common names:
Status: Native
Tree up to 12 m tall with tomentellous branchlets becoming glabrous; leaves 6-11 x 3.5-6 cm, elliptic to oblong or obovate-oblong, rounded to slightly emarginated and occasionally mucronate at apex, rounded to slightly cordate at base, upper surface persistently tomentellous, lower surface grey discolorous with relatively short cottony hairs on the nerves and densely covered in minute stellate hairs, midrib prominent beneath with 12-16 pairs of lateral nerves curving towards the apex but not reaching the margin, petiole 1-1.5 cm long; inflorescence up to 6 cm long, axillary, relatively lax to many-flowered, tomentose; pedicels 2-3 mm long; sepals 3 mm long with a dense cottony indumentum; petals 10 mm long, densely reddish tomentose; fruit 1-1.5 cm in diameter, subglobose to rounded or slightly subconical at the apex; wings reddish or brownish, variable in shape, suborbicular to linear.
Type location:
Notes: The leaves resemble those of Parinari curatellifolia but differ in the presence of the extra-floral nectary at the base of the lamina.
Derivation of specific name: engleri: named after Dr Prof Heinrich Gustav Adolf Engler (1844-1930), German Director of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Berlin, who initiated extensive botanical exploration in Africa.
Habitat: Brachystegia woodland on stony ridges and sparse lakeside woodland
Altitude range: 810 - 1740 m
Flowering time:Nov - Mar (May)
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,N
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Content last updated: Monday 10 May 2021

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 621. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 162 - 164. Monotes tomentellus (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 8.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 260.

Duvigneaud, P. (1960-1). Dipterocarpaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 418 - 420. (Includes a picture).

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1967). The influence of copper content of the soil on trees and shrubs of Molly South Hill, Mangula Kirkia 6(1) Pages 63 - 84.

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 39.

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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: Monotes engleri., retrieved 23 April 2024

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