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This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to NE. Mozambique.

[FTEA]

Araliaceae, J. R. Tennant. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1968

Habit
A tree to 45 m. tall with greenish-grey fissured bark.
Leaves
Leaves digitately compound; petiole up to 53.5 cm. long and 5 mm. diameter, but generally considerably smaller, glabrous apart from some crisped hairs in stipular region and at junction with leaflets; leaflets 5–7(–9), sessile, chartaceous to coriaceous, lanceolate to oblanceolate, narrowly ovate and narrowly obovate, up to 25 cm. long by 8 cm. wide, but generally considerably less, caudate to acute (very rarely emarginate), with a narrowly cuneate to much attenuated base (occasionally base only a winged petiolule of up to 12 mm. long), with crenate to subentire margins, glabrous above, glabrous to slightly puberulous beneath.
Inflorescences
Flowering spikes up to about 12 together, up to 34 cm. long; floral bracts lanceolate to broadly ovate, up to 3.5 mm. long by up to 2 mm. wide, frequently much smaller, puberulous, sometimes glabrescent quite early on; base of spike-rhachis often clothed with larger, thicker overlapping sterile bracts.
Fruits
Fruits up to 6 mm. long, usually obconical to hemispherical, glabrous or puberulous.
Figures
Fig. 3/5, p. 10.
Habitat
? Lowland rain-forest, lowland dry evergreen forest, woodland; 0–400 m.
Distribution
K7 T3 T6 T8 Z

[FZ]

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

Habit
Tree up to 20(45) m. high.
Leaves
Leaves digitately compound; petioles glabrous, commonly up to 20 cm. long but lengths of 53 cm. have been recorded.
Leaflets
Leaflets 5–7(9), up to 10(25) × 4(8) cm., sessile, chartaceous, glabrous or with a few scattered hairs, oblanceolate (to lanceolate) or ovate (to obovate); apex long-acuminate; base cuneate to narrowly cuneate (sometimes almost creating the impression of a distinct petiole); margins crenate-serrate to subentire.
Inflorescences
Inflorescence a group of up to 12 spike-like racemes, up to 35 cm. long in fruit. Base of racemes densely clothed with overlapping bracts; floral bracts lanceolate (to ovate).
Flowers
Flowers distinctly pedicellate, pedicels 3–5 mm.
Stylopodium
Stylopodium well developed, broadly conical; styles short, with shortly recurved stigmatic surfaces.
Fruits
Fruit hemispherical, up to 6 mm. long, glabrous to very slightly puberulous.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Habit
Tree to 20–30 m tall
Leaves
Adult leaves digitately compound, with petiole up to c. 30(–50) cm long; leaflets 5–7, sessile or subsessile, lanceolate to narrowly ovate, glabrous or glabrescent, 5.5–10(–20) x 2–4(–8) cm, acuminate at the apex, cuneate at the base, with ± crenate margins
Inflorescences
Flowers on short pedicels, in up to 25–30 cm long racemes, racemes often 10–12 together; bracts subtending flowers lanceolate-ovate, up to c. 2(–3) mm long
Fruits
Fruit subglobose, up to 6 mm long.
Distribution
S1 eastern Africa from Kenya southwards to Mozambique.
Ecology
Altitude range c. 400–560 m.
Note
The only Somali collection seen is from “Bur Heybe” (03° 00’N, 44° 19’E).

Native to:

Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania

Cussonia zimmermannii Harms appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Gomes e Sousa [4577], Mozambique 6986.000

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 53: 361 (1915)

Accepted by

  • Calane da Silva, M., Izdine, S. & Amuse, A.B. (2004). A Preliminary Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Mozambique: 1-184. SABONET, 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

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 2, (1999) Author: by S. Fici [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Dale & Greenway, Kenya Trees and Shrubs p. 54 (1961).
  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 59 (1949).
  • Harms in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 53: 361 (1915).

Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Somalia
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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