Brachystegia boehmii Taub.

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Brachystegia boehmii

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Brachystegia boehmii

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Gold Dust Township, Mazvikadei Dam, Banket

Brachystegia boehmii

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Christon Bank

Brachystegia boehmii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank

Brachystegia boehmii

Photo: Petra Ballings
Gardiner Farm, nr Arcturus

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Synonyms: Brachystegia woodiana Harms
Common names: Mufuti (English) Prince of Wales' feathers (English)
Status: Native
Tree 5-15 m. Leaves with 14-28 pairs of leaflets, the middle or lower pairs the largest. Leaflets narrowly oblong to narrowly triangular, 3-6 × 1-1.5 cm., held at an angle to the plane of the leaf like louvres. Panicles terminal or axillary, up to 10 × 8 cm, much branched. Pod woody, up to 16 × 5 cm.
Derivation of specific name: boehmii: after Richard Böhm (1854-1884), a German plant collector in Tanzania in 1882.
Habitat: A constituent of drier miombo woodland, particularly on poorly drained soil and rocky terrain.
Altitude range: 850 - 1600 m
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and northern Botswana.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Teniorhinus harona (Larval foodplant)
Mesogenea varians (Larval foodplant)
Olapa fulviceps (Larval foodplant)
Salma melapastalis (Larval foodplant)
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Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Pages 86 - 96.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 119.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 245. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 10.

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 77 - 80. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 212.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 242.

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 62 - 63. (Includes a picture).

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1967). The influence of copper content of the soil on trees and shrubs of Molly South Hill, Mangula Kirkia 6(1) Pages 63 - 84.

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 43.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 62.

Smith, P. & Allen, Q. (2004). Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the Miombo Woodlands Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ISBN 1 84246 073 0 Pages 94 - 95. (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 20. as Brachystegia woodiana

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 90.

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Flora of Botswana: Brachystegia boehmii
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Brachystegia boehmii
Flora of Mozambique: Brachystegia boehmii
Flora of Zambia: Brachystegia boehmii
Flora of Zimbabwe: Brachystegia boehmii
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Brachystegia boehmii

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Brachystegia boehmii
African Plant Database: Brachystegia boehmii
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Plants of the World Online: Brachystegia boehmii
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Wikipedia: Brachystegia boehmii

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: Brachystegia boehmii., retrieved 22 June 2024

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