Xylopia rubescens Oliv.

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Xylopia rubescens

Lumangwe Falls
Oct 1997
Photo: Mike Bingham

Xylopia rubescens

Lumangwe Falls
Oct 1997
Photo: Mike Bingham

Xylopia rubescens

Lumangwe Falls
Sep 2008
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Common names: Mwengele (Bemba)
Status: Native
Tree typically tall, 20 or 30 m. with a long straight bole. Inner petals 4-6 mm. long, rhomboid, much shorter than the linear outer petals.
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Derivation of specific name: Rubescens: turning red
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia. Also from Liberia to Sudan.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Lp,N,Mc
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Content last updated: Monday 8 August 2016

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 137. As Xylopia rubescens var. rubescens (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 24.

Robson, N.K.B. (1960). Annonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 134 - 136.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Xylopia rubescens.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=192960, retrieved 13 April 2024

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