3509.000 Afzelia Sm.

Description of the genus

Trees with paripinnate leaves; leaflets subequal, mostly in 4−6 pairs, with distinct petiolules; flowers with enlarged red dorsal petal; pod thick, woody; seeds black cupped at base by the red or orange aril, and embedded in white pithy endosperm. At maturity the valves separate exposing the seeds for hornbills to extract.

Derivation of name: for Adam Afzelius (1750-1837), Swedish botanist and plant collector in West Africa.

Worldwide: 12 species in the Old World tropics, 2 species in the Flora Zambesiaca region, 2 species in Zambia.

Malawi: 1 taxon.

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quanzensis Welw.N,C,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Afzelia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Afzelia
Flora of Caprivi: Afzelia
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Afzelia
Flora of Mozambique: Afzelia
Flora of Zambia: Afzelia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Afzelia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Afzelia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Afzelia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Afzelia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Afzelia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Afzelia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Afzelia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Afzelia
JSTOR Plant Science: Afzelia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Afzelia
Plants of the World Online: Afzelia
Tropicos: Afzelia
Wikipedia: Afzelia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Afzelia.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=687, retrieved 14 July 2024

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