Parinari curatellifolia Planch. ex Benth.

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Parinari curatellifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park

Parinari curatellifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park

Parinari curatellifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park

Parinari curatellifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Thazima Gate, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Parinari mobola Oliv.
Common names: Hissing tree (English) Mobola plum (English)
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized evergreen tree with a distinct mushroom shape. The flowers are small, white to pink, the calyces and stalks covered in dense woolly, rust-coloured hairs.
Derivation of specific name: curatellifolia: with leaves like a Curatella (Dilleniaceae, a largely Australasian family)
Habitat: In open woodland, characteristic of sandy soils.
Altitude range: Up to 2300 m
Flowering time:Jul - Oct
Worldwide distribution: From Senegal to Kenya and South to Botswana and Eswatini
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Coeliades forestan forestan (Food plant)
Platylesches picanini (Larval foodplant)
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Content last updated: Monday 22 April 2019

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Flora of Botswana: Parinari curatellifolia
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Parinari curatellifolia

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Wikipedia: Parinari curatellifolia

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: Species information: Parinari curatellifolia., retrieved 15 July 2024

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