Philenoptera katangensis (De Wild.) Schrire

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Philenoptera katangensis

Sep 2000
Photo: Mike Bingham

Philenoptera katangensis

Oct 2017
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Philenoptera katangensis

Oct 2017
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Philenoptera katangensis

Kasama District, Kateshi coffee farm.
Oct 2004
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Lonchocarpus katangensis De Wild.
Lonchocarpus nelsii subsp. katangensis (De Wild.) Mendonça & E.P. Sousa
Common names:
Status: Indigenous, not planted
Tree or shrub up to 10 m tall. Bark red-brown, becoming greyish and cracking. Leaves 3‒5-foliolate; leaflets pubescent on upper surface, soon glabrescent, whitish-pubescent beneath, especially on the nerves. Inflorescence a panicle up to 30 cm long, usually precocious in the axils of fallen leaves, or occasionally terminal on a leafy shoot, brown-grey-tomentose. Flowers pink to blue, 10-13 mm long. Calyx densely brownish tomentose. Pods thin-textured, unwinged.
Type location:
DRC, Katanga, Lukafu.
Notes: Red data list status: Apparently uncommon though fairly widely distributed.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Miombo woodland
Altitude range: 1200 - 1400 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Zambia, DRC Katanga, Burundi, Tanzania
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Content last updated: Tuesday 14 November 2017

Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(3) Pages 95 - 96.

Lock, J.M., (2007). Leptoderris Flora Zambesiaca 3(3) Pages 95 - 96.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Philenoptera katangensis
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Philenoptera katangensis
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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: Philenoptera katangensis., retrieved 8 February 2023

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