Allophylus africanus P. Beauv.

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Allophylus africanus

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By road to Haka.

Allophylus africanus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Robins Camp to the Matetsi Safari Area gate, Hwange NP

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Synonyms: Allophylus melanocarpus (Sond.) Radlk.
Allophylus rhodesicus Exell
Schmidelia melanocarpa Arn. ex Sond.
Common names: African allophylus (English) African false currant (English)
Shrub or small tree. Leaves trifoliolate; leaflets obovate, variously hairy; margin dentate, serrate or almost entire. Inflorescences axillary, often branched, spike-like. Flowers small creamy-yellow. Fruit fleshy, near-spherical, red to black when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: africanus: African
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Throughout Tropical Africa extending to the Eastern Cape, South Africa
Botswana distribution:
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Charaxes varanes varanes (Food plant)
Anthene definita definita (Larval foodplant)
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 259. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 526. As A. africanus africanus and A. africanus griseotomentosus

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 39.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 407.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 256.

Exell, A.W. (1966). Sapindaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Page 505. As Allophylus rhodesicus (Includes a picture).

Exell, A.W. (1966). Sapindaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 506 - 507. As Group A , B, C, D (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 76.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 100.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 43. as Allophylus melanocarpus (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 172.

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Flora of Caprivi: Allophylus africanus
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Allophylus africanus
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Tropicos: Allophylus africanus
Wikipedia: Allophylus africanus

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: Allophylus africanus., retrieved 25 July 2024

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