Parkia filicoidea Oliv.

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Parkia filicoidea

Tree on river bank, fringing forest;
Kasanka NP, Luwombwa Fishing Camp; Aug 1988.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Parkia filicoidea

Kabweluma Falls; Aug 2013.
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Parkia filicoidea

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Parkia filicoidea

Luapula, Kazembe; Oct 1997.
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Parkia filicoidea

Mwapula Gorge; Oct 1978.
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Parkia filicoidea

Lake Mweru; Dec 1978.
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Common names: Mkundi (Nyanja) Musepa (Bemba)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Tree 8-30(35) m. high. Young branchlets glabrous or puberulous. Leaves with pinnae opposite, in 4-11 pairs; leaflets 10-18 or more pairs, oblong, rounded at apex, asymmetrically rounded or subtruncate at the base. Peduncles up to half a meter long; flowers red, in dense, electric light bulb-shaped inflorescences. Pods leathery.
Type location:
Notes: Occasionally seen in villages in the Luapula Valley, possibly planted.
Derivation of specific name: filicoidea: fern-like, referring to the large bipinnate leaves.
Habitat: Gallery forest.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,Lp,N,E,C,Lk
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Content last updated: Tuesday 1 October 2013

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 12 - 13. (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 231. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 65.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 95.

White, F. (1962). Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia Oxford Univ. Press. Page 93.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 317 - 319. (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: Parkia filicoidea., retrieved 6 December 2023

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