African Plant Database

Dichapetalum cymosum (Hook.) Engl.
Protologue : Nat. Pflanzenfam. 3(4): 349 (1896)
Information on the genus : Dichapetalum
Basionym : Chailletia cymosa Hook.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Chailletia cymosa Hook.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Dichapetalum bullockii Hauman (1958)
=Dichapetalum venenatum Engl. & Gilg (1903)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrublet to 40 cm tall; stems red, many, erect, virgate, ± glabrous from a creeping woody rootstock; leaves ± sessile, narrowly oblanceolate, glabrous.
Ecology : Plateau woodland; tree and shrub savanna; open grassy vegetation; in rocky and sandy soils; gregarious; to 1200 m alt.
  Variable in shape of leaves (from ± linear to obovate).
  S. Africa (Transvaal, Natal), Namibia, Botswana.
  Leaves and seeds extremely poisonous to cattle (alkaloids).
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Dwarf shrub- Ht 0.04 - 0.5 m. Alt: 850 - 1980 m. Distribution: BOT, NAM, GA, KN, LP, MP, NW

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • LEBRUN, J. P. & A. L. STORK (1992). Enumération des plantes à fleurs d’Afrique tropicale. Chrysobalanaceae à Apiaceae. Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 2: 20
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see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
carte afrique num 13418
Record n°13418
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