Neocussonia umbellifera (Sond.) Hutch.

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Neocussonia umbellifera

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Synonyms: Cussonia chartacea Schinz
Cussonia umbellifera Sond.
Schefflera umbellifera (Sond.) Baill.
Common names: Forest false cabbage-tree (English)
Status: Native
Medium-sized evergreen tree. Leaves crowded near the ends of branches, digitately compound with 3-5 oblong-elliptic leaflets on long, slender petioles. Flowers very small, greenish-cream in large umbel-like terminal inflorescences. Fruit in loose clusters, spherical, dark red when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: umbellifera: bearing flowers in umbels
Habitat: Forest margins
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and South Africa.
Malawi distribution:
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Bamps, P. (1974). Contribution à l'étude des Araliacées africaines Bulletin du Jardin Botanique National de Belgique 44(1/2) Pages 136 - 137.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 720. (Includes a picture).

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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 49.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 28.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 20.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 264.

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 19.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 58. as Cussonia umbellifera

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 46.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 88.

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Flora of Mozambique: Neocussonia umbellifera
Flora of Zimbabwe: Neocussonia umbellifera

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Neocussonia umbellifera
African Plant Database: Neocussonia umbellifera
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Neocussonia umbellifera
Plants of the World Online: Neocussonia umbellifera
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Wikipedia: Neocussonia umbellifera

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: Neocussonia umbellifera., retrieved 18 July 2024

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