Schinziophyton rautanenii (Schinz) Radcl.-Sm.

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Schinziophyton rautanenii

Photo: Petra Ballings
Zambezi Private School area, 3 km from Katima Mulilo

Schinziophyton rautanenii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi Private School area, 3 km from Katima Mulilo

Schinziophyton rautanenii

Photo: Petra Ballings
Zambezi Private School area, 3 km from Katima Mulilo

Schinziophyton rautanenii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi Private School area, 3 km from Katima Mulilo

Schinziophyton rautanenii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi Private School area, 3 km from Katima Mulilo

Schinziophyton rautanenii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi Private School area, 3 km from Katima Mulilo

Schinziophyton rautanenii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi Private School area, 3 km from Katima Mulilo

Schinziophyton rautanenii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi Private School area, 3 km from Katima Mulilo

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Synonyms: Ricinodendron rautanenii Schinz
Common names: False balsa (English) Manketti tree (English) Mongongo nut (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Usually medium-sized to large spreading tree. Bark grey to pale golden-brown, smooth, often peeling. Leaves spirally arranged, digitate with 5-7 leaflets; leaflets elliptic-ovate to oblanceolate, dark green above, pale grey below, turning bright yellow before falling, stellate hairy; 2-4 bright green glands just above the petiole; margins entire edged with gland dots. Flowers unisexual on different trees, calyx and ovary densely covered in golden-brown to rusty stellate hairs. Fruit ovoid, 2.5 × 3.5 cm, light grey-green, covered in velvety hairs. The hard seeds produce an edible oil.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: On sandy soils in deciduous woodland, along rivers, on wooded hillsides, often on Kalahari sand and sometimes forming large stands.
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Southern Tanzania, southern DRC, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and northern South Africa.
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Monday 26 March 2018
Literature:

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 467. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 31.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 334 - 335. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 253. As Ricinodendron rautanenii

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 248. (Includes a picture).

Mannheimer, C. & Curtis B. (2009). Le Roux and Müller's Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Namibia Macmillan Education, Windhoek, Namibia. Pages 260 - 261. (Includes a picture).

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 297 - 299. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 58.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 208.

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Flora of Botswana: Schinziophyton rautanenii
Flora of Malawi: Schinziophyton rautanenii
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Flora of Zambia: Schinziophyton rautanenii
Flora of Zimbabwe: Schinziophyton rautanenii

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Schinziophyton rautanenii
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Schinziophyton rautanenii.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=135650, retrieved 25 March 2019

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