Paropsia brazzeana Baill.

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Paropsia brazzeana

Ferme Randu, southwest Katanga Province, DRC; Sep 2007.
Photo: Jos Stevens

Paropsia brazzeana

Ferme Randu, southwest Katanga Province, DRC; Apr 2008.
Photo: Jos Stevens

Paropsia brazzeana

Ferme Randu, southwest Katanga Province, DRC; Apr 2008.
Photo: Jos Stevens

Paropsia brazzeana

Ferme Randu, southwest Katanga Province, DRC; Jan 2008.
Photo: Jos Stevens

Paropsia brazzeana

Ferme Randu, southwest Katanga Province, DRC; Nov 2006.
Photo: Jos Stevens

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Synonyms: Paropsia argutidens Sleumer
Paropsia reticulata Engl.
Common names:
Status: Native
Multi-stemmed small shrub up to 1 m high, growing from a thick rhizome or shrub up to 4 m tall with a short trunk up to 5 cm in diameter. Young branches covered in rusty hairs. Leaves alternate, elliptic-lanceolate to ovate, up to 13 × 7.5 cm, coriaceous, rusty hairy when young, mostly hairless when mature; margin with conspicuous glandular teeth. Flowers with the leaves, in 1-3-flowered axillary clusters, white to greenish-white. Capsule ovoid-subglobose, up to 2 cm long, covered in rusty hairs. Seeds c. 8 × 4 mm, ovoid, compressed, brown with an orange aril.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: brazzeana: named after Jacques de Brazza (1859-1888), French explorer and plant collector, who travelled together with his brother Pierre Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza in Gabon and the Congo.
Habitat: Woodland and thickets on Kalahari sand.
Altitude range: 900 - 1450 m
Flowering time:Jan - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Cameroon, CAR, Congo Brazzaville, DRC, Botswana, Namibia (Caprivi), Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,C,S,W
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m, shrub under 2 m.
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Content last updated: Thursday 13 March 2014

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 262.

Fernandes, R. & A. (1978). Passifloraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 372 - 374.

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 66.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 91.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 221.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Paropsia brazzeana., retrieved 15 April 2021

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