Julbernardia globiflora (Benth.) Troupin

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Julbernardia globiflora

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Burma Valley circular drive nr Vumba junction

Julbernardia globiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mukuvisi Woodland, office area

Julbernardia globiflora

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Fairhaven Rd, Nyanga

Julbernardia globiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Burma Valley circular drive nr Vumba junction

Julbernardia globiflora

Photo: Mark Hyde

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Synonyms: Berlinia eminii Taub.
Berlinia globiflora (Benth.) Harms ex Engl.
Isoberlinia globiflora (Benth.) Hutch. ex Greenway
Common names:
Deciduous tree. Stipules intrapetiolar, always connate below, rapidly caducous (in ours). Leaves paripinnate; specialised glands on petiole and rhachis 0. Leaflets opposite, in (2-)4-7(-8) pairs, the middle ones usually the largest. Inflorescence usually a terminal, much-branched panicle. Bracteoles 2, well-developed, completely enclosing the flowers in bud, persistent,keeled on back. Perianth clearly differentiated into 5 obvious petals and 5 sepals. Sepals 5, well-developed, ciliate. Petals 5, one somewhat larger than the others. Stamens 10. Pod dehiscent, flat, brown-tomentose (in ours), woody. Seeds flat.
Derivation of specific name:
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - May
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, DRC, FZ countries and the Caprivi Strip.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Eucraera gemmata (Food plant)
Fresna nyassae (Food plant)
Gynanisa maja (Larval foodplant)
Cinabra hyperbius (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 81 - 83. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 121. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 259. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 34.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 22.

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 107 - 110. Isoberlinea globiflora (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 42.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 213.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 243.

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 70 - 71. (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 44.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 68.

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 124 - 125. (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Pages 18 - 19. as Berlinia globiflora (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 91.

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Flora of Botswana: Julbernardia globiflora
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Julbernardia globiflora
Flora of Mozambique: Julbernardia globiflora
Flora of Zambia: Julbernardia globiflora
Flora of Zimbabwe: Julbernardia globiflora

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Julbernardia globiflora
African Plant Database: Julbernardia globiflora
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Julbernardia globiflora
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JSTOR Plant Science: Julbernardia globiflora
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Julbernardia globiflora
Plants of the World Online: Julbernardia globiflora
Tropicos: Julbernardia globiflora
Wikipedia: Julbernardia globiflora

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: Julbernardia globiflora.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=126770, retrieved 21 April 2024

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