Homalium abdessammadii Asch. & Schweinf.

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Homalium abdessammadii

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Homalium abdessammadii

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

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Synonyms: Homalium wildemanianum Gilg
Common names: Zambezi brown-ironwood (English)
Shrub or small tree. Leaves ovate to almost circular, veining conspicuous beneath; margin coarsely dentate or crenate. Flowers in terminal and axillary panicles, cream with anthers conspicuously red. Fruit a conical woody capsule, surrounded by the persistent corolla.
Derivation of specific name: abdessammadii: after Mohammed abd es-Ssamadi, Kenyan who companied German botanist Georg August Schweinfurth during his travels in East Africa in the 19th century.
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 645. As Homalium abdessammadii abdessammadii (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 261. As Homalium abdessammadii wildemanianum

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 165.

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 53. Under Flacourtiaceae

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 75.

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 214. as Homalium abdessammadii wildemanianum

Wild, H. (1960). Flacourtiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 291. As subsp. abdessammadii and subsp. wildemanianum

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Flora of Botswana: Homalium abdessammadii
Flora of Mozambique: Homalium abdessammadii
Flora of Zambia: Homalium abdessammadii
Flora of Zimbabwe: Homalium abdessammadii

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Homalium abdessammadii
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Homalium abdessammadii.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140730, retrieved 27 January 2023

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