Dialium englerianum Henriq.

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Dialium englerianum

Photo: Alistair Hull
Between Umtshibi and Main Camp, Hwange NP

Dialium englerianum

Photo: Alistair Hull
Between Umtshibi and Main Camp, Hwange NP

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Synonyms: Dialium guineense sensu Eyles non Willd.
Dialium lacourtianum Vermoesen
Dialium simii E. Phillips
Common names: Kalahari podberry (English)
Status: Native
Tree up to 20 m with a rounded crown. Leaves imparipinnate; leaflets (7-)9(-11), opposite or subopposite, 3-7 × 2-4 cm, broadly ovate to sometimes lanceolate to elliptic, glabrous above, minutely pubescent beneath and becoming glabrous, slightly asymmetric at the base; apex bluntly acuminate. Flowers borne in brown-pubescent panicles. Buds 4-6 mm long. Sepals usually 5, brown, pubescent, often reflexed in flower. Petals 5, small, 1-1.5 mm long. Stamens 5, sometimes with up to 5 staminodes. Fruits 2-4 cm long, brown-pubescent or -tomentose, laterally flattened, the style base persisting as a beak or short point. Seeds 1 per fruit, shiny, ± lens-shaped.
Derivation of specific name: englerianum: named after Dr Prof Heinrich Gustav Adolf Engler (1844-1930), German Director of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Berlin, who initiated extensive botanical exploration in Africa.
Habitat: In woodland on Kalahari sand.
Flowering time:Jun - Aug
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Botswana distribution: N
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Page 118.

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 338.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 218 - 219. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 213.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 243. As Dialium engleranum

Mannheimer, C. & Curtis B. (2009). Le Roux and Müller's Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Namibia Macmillan Education, Windhoek, Namibia. Pages 150 - 151. (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 43.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 53.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 64.

Setshogo, M.P. & Venter, F. (2003). Trees of Botswana: names and distribution SABONET Report No. 18 Southern African Botanical Diversity Network, Pretoria Page 92.

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 209.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 450 - 451. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (2013). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Second edition) Struik, South Africa Pages 526 - 527. (Includes a picture).

White, F. (1962). Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia Oxford Univ. Press. Pages 122 - 124.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dialium englerianum
African Plant Database: Dialium englerianum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dialium englerianum
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Dialium englerianum.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=126850, retrieved 24 April 2024

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