Schrebera alata (Hochst.) Welw.

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Schrebera alata

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Lusero Forest, Nyika National Park

Schrebera alata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lusero Forest, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Schrebera argyrotricha Gilg
Schrebera gilgiana Lingelsh.
Schrebera mazoensis S. Moore
Common names: Wing-leaved wooden pear (English)
Status: Native
Tree 4-15 m. Leaves imparipinnate with 5(-7) leaflets; rhachis and petiole often winged. Leaflets: terminal 3-14 ×1.2-5.5 cm, elliptic or obovate, glabrous above, glabrous or pilose beneath; apex rounded to acuminate; margin entire. Inflorescence a terminal, several-many-flowered cyme with pedicels up to 2 mm. Corolla lobes (5-)6-7, 3-7 mm, each with an area of dark hairs reaching only halfway from mouth of corolla tube to petal margin. Anthers 1.25-2 mm. Fruit a clavate capsule, 2.5-4.5 cm, containing 8 winged seeds.
Derivation of specific name: alata: winged
Habitat: At the margins of mist-belt forest and open woodland
Altitude range: 1000 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Acherontia atropos (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Wednesday 7 November 2018

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Schrebera alata., retrieved 2 October 2023

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