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

Photo: Mike Bingham

Parkia filicoidea

Luapula, Kazembe; Oct 1997.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Parkia filicoidea

Mwapula Gorge; Oct 1978.
Photo: Mike Bingham

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
Habitat: Gallery forest.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: In D.R. Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola.
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).

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

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Parkia filicoidea., retrieved 18 September 2019

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