Trichilia emetica Vahl
subsp. emetica

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Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

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Synonyms: Trichilia natalensis Sond.
Trichilia roka Chiov.
Common names: Banket mahogany (English) Natal mahogany (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Medium-sized to large evergreen tree. Leaves imparipinnate with 3-5 pairs of leaflets and a terminal leaflet; leaflets opposite or subopposite, elliptic or oblong-elliptic, mostly up to 12 cm, glossy dark green above, densely covered in curled hairs below, midrib, sunken, lateral veins closely spaced; margins entire, often rolled under. Flowers in dense terminal and axillary sprays, creamy green, fragrant. Fruit a spherical woody capsule, velvety, pale green, c. 2.5 cm in diameter, splitting into 2-3 valves, revealing black seeds, largely hidden in a bright red aril.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: emetica: referring to its use as an emetic in traditional medicine.
Habitat:
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Also in Yemen.
Botswana distribution: N
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Pselaphelia flavivitta (Food plant)
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Literature:

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 226 - 230. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 310 - 311. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 250.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 102. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 62.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 86.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 121.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 219. as Trichilia emetica

White, F. & Styles, B.T. (1963). Meliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 299 - 302. As Trichilia emetica (Includes a picture).

Other sources of information about Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica:

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Flora of Caprivi: Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica
Flora of Malawi: Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica
Flora of Mozambique: Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica
Flora of Zambia: Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica
Flora of Zimbabwe: Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Trichilia emetica
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Trichilia emetica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Trichilia emetica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Trichilia emetica
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Trichilia emetica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Trichilia emetica
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Trichilia emetica
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Trichilia emetica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Trichilia emetica
Ispot Southern Africa: Trichilia emetica
JSTOR Plant Science: Trichilia emetica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Trichilia emetica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Trichilia emetica
The Plant List (version 1.1): Trichilia emetica
Tropicos: Trichilia emetica


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Trichilia emetica subsp. emetica.
http://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133570, retrieved 19 January 2018

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