1. Family: Araliaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Cussonia Thunb.
      1. Cussonia zimmermannii Harms

        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.

    Distribution

    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 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).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.

    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/
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