Empogona kirkii Hook. f.
subsp. kirkii

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Empogona kirkii subsp. kirkii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Odzani Bridge

Empogona kirkii subsp. kirkii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Odzani Bridge

Empogona kirkii subsp. kirkii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Odzani Bridge

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Synonyms: Tricalysia allenii (Stapf) Brenan
Tricalysia junodii (Schinz) Brenan var. kirkii (Hook. f.) Robbr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Somewhat scrambling shrub, rarely a small tree. Leaves opposite, variable in shape and size, mostly broadly elliptic to ovate, velvety hairy on the undersurface. Flowers bell-shaped in 1-5 flowered clusters, borne on distinct axillary stalks, appearing before or with the new leaves. Corolla white, often tinged pink with long, fluffy hairs in the throat. Fruit almost round, crowned with the remains of the calyx, hairy black when ripe.
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Habitat: In riverine thickets and open deciduous woodland.
Altitude range: Up to 1220 m
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Caprivi-Namibia, Botswana and Limpopo, South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): E,Lk,S,W
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Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 468 - 470. As Tricalysia allenii

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 982. As Empogona allenii (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 620. as Tricalysia junodii

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 275. As Tricalysia junodii and allenii

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 74. As Tricalysia allenii

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 99. as Tricalysia junodii kirkii

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 224. as Tricalysia junodii kirkii

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Flora of Botswana: Empogona kirkii subsp. kirkii
Flora of Caprivi: Empogona kirkii subsp. kirkii
Flora of Malawi: Empogona kirkii subsp. kirkii
Flora of Mozambique: Empogona kirkii subsp. kirkii
Flora of Zimbabwe: Empogona kirkii subsp. kirkii

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Empogona kirkii
African Plant Database: Empogona kirkii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Empogona kirkii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Empogona kirkii
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Empogona kirkii
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Empogona kirkii
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JSTOR Plant Science: Empogona kirkii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Empogona kirkii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Empogona kirkii
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Wikipedia: Empogona kirkii

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Empogona kirkii subsp. kirkii.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=155550, retrieved 1 December 2022

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