Peltophorum africanum Sond.

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Peltophorum africanum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Victoria Falls NP

Peltophorum africanum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Victoria Falls NP

Peltophorum africanum

Photo: Rob Burrett
Garden, Sims Rd, Mt Pleasant, Harare

Peltophorum africanum

Photo: Bart Wursten

Peltophorum africanum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam, nr main rd

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Common names: African wattle (English)
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized deciduous tree. Stipules pinnate. Leaves 2-pinnate with 4 - 8 pairs of pinnae, each with up to 23 pairs of leaflets. Inflorescences erect and showy, axillary sprays of bright yellow flowers. Pods flat and pendulous with papery wings, indehiscent.
Derivation of specific name: africanum: of Africa
Habitat: In wooded grassland and along vlei margins.
Flowering time:Sep - Feb
Worldwide distribution: DRC and southwards to South Africa
Botswana distribution: N,SE
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Axiocerses tjoane tjoane (Food plant)
Gynanisa maja (Larval foodplant)
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Flora of Caprivi: Peltophorum africanum
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Flora of Mozambique: Peltophorum africanum
Flora of Zambia: Peltophorum africanum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Peltophorum africanum
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Peltophorum africanum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Peltophorum africanum
African Plant Database: Peltophorum africanum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Peltophorum africanum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Peltophorum africanum
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Peltophorum africanum
JSTOR Plant Science: Peltophorum africanum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Peltophorum africanum
Plants of the World Online: Peltophorum africanum
Tropicos: Peltophorum africanum
Wikipedia: Peltophorum africanum

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: Peltophorum africanum., retrieved 22 June 2024

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