Samanea leptophylla (Harms) Brenan & Brummitt

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Samanea leptophylla

Katanga Province, DRC
Jan 2008
Photo: Jos Stevens

Samanea leptophylla

Katanga Province, DRC
Jan 2008
Photo: Jos Stevens

Samanea leptophylla

Katanga Province, DRC
Dec 2007
Photo: Jos Stevens

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Synonyms: Albizia leptophylla Harms
Cathormion leptophyllum (Harms) Keay
Common names:
Tree c. 15-20 m high. Inflorescences on peduncles 2-4.5 cm long. Pods indehiscent or breaking transversely at irregular intervals, c. 10-18 x 1.6 – 2 cm., straight or slightly twisted, mostly straight-margined.
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Notes: The only Zambian record of Samanea leptophylla is a flowering specimen by Andrew Angus in September 1952, one of many species known from a single collection from the Zambezi source area (Ikelenge).
Apparently widespread in Guineo-congolian extending into Katanga and the NW tip of Zambia.
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Habitat: Evergreen fringing forest.
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia, D.R. Congo, Cameroon, Gabon
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw
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Content last updated: Monday 7 November 2016

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 134 - 135. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32

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

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Samanea leptophylla
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Samanea leptophylla
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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: Samanea leptophylla., retrieved 17 October 2021

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