1. Family: Araliaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Cussonia Thunb.
      1. Cussonia paniculata Eckl. & Zeyh.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Africa.

    [FZ]

    Araliaceae, J. F. M. Cannon. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

    Habit
    Small tree up to 5 m. high.
    Leaves
    Leaves digitately compound, with very long petioles up to 50 cm. long.
    Leaflets
    Leaflets 7–9(13), up to 27 cm. long, sessile but with long narrow cuneate bases, in some cases becoming almost petiolate, deeply pinnatifid, very variable with the sinus extending sometimes almost to the midrib, but in others only reaching halfway from the margin; lobes equally variable in width. Apex broadly acute with a short terminal mucro; margin sometimes with a few small teeth.
    Leaf lamina
    Lamina glabrous and with a distinctly glaucous sheen beneath.
    Inflorescences
    Spikes subtended by inconspicuous basal bracts and with distinct peduncles up to 5 cm. long. Fertile parts of the spikes at first clearly shorter than the peduncle, but later elongating and often exceeding the peduncle in fruit. Inflorescence a group of panicles, each bearing racemosely arranged spikes in subopposite pairs. Main axes up to 35 cm. long, glabrous, finely but distinctly grooved.
    Bracts
    Floral bracts minute, more or less lanceolate.
    Flowers
    Flowers sessile, stylopodium depressed.
    Fruits
    Fruit subglobose, distinctly fleshy and pea-like (showing clearly the 2 carpels when dry); mature fruit sometimes only setting rather irregularly on the spikes, with many infertile flowers.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Northern Provinces, Swaziland

    Cussonia paniculata Eckl. & Zeyh. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Strey, R.G. [10800], South Africa K000282825
    Zeyher [s.n.], South Africa K000350592
    Burke [s.n.], South Africa K000350593
    Burke [s.n.], South Africa K000350594
    Bohnen, P. [6891], South Africa K000282824

    First published in Enum. Pl. Afric. Austral.: 355 (1837)

    Accepted by

    • Retief, E. & Meyer, N.L. (2017). Plants of the Free State inventory and identification guide Strelitzia 38: 1-1236. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Frodin, D.G. & Govaerts, R. (2003 publ. 2004). World Checklist and Bibliography of Araliaceae: 1-444. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Retief, E. & Meyer, N.L. (2017). Plants of the Free State inventory and identification guide Strelitzia 38: 1-1236. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Science Photographs
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