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Markhamia zanzibarica

   (Family: Bignoniaceae)
Afrikaans: klokkiesboontjieboom English: bell bean tree Venda: Mula-kholoma  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Tree
Height: 3.5 - 8m
Special properties:
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Clay (fine texture, holds a lot of water),
Sand (coarse texture, drains easily)
Biome: Savanna
Flowering time EDIT
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Flower colours
Flower shape
Flower type
  Flower info
  Yellow with maroon flecks, bell-shaped, 2-3 mm long, with spreading lobes. They appear on the old wood, in racemes, during Spring to Summer
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf type
Leaf texture Smooth
Bark / Stem type
  Leaf info EDIT
  The leaves are opposite, compound and imparipinnate, which means it has leaflets on either side of the stalk and ends in a terminal leaflet. It has 2-4 pairs of leaflets, the lowermost pair is the smallest and each pair increases in size towards the terminal leaflet. There may be fine yellowish hairs on both surfaces of the leaf, but the upper surface will lose these hairs by maturity. The leaf margins are entire or finely toothed. The petiolules are almost absent and petiole is 40-90 mm long
Fruit colour
Fruit size Length: 500mm   
  Seed info EDIT
  The fruits are slender, bean-like capsules
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22 March 2012 05:58
This is Markhamia obtusifolia from Norther Botswana. M. zanzibarica has small, maroon flowers.
22 March 2012 08:15
Thank you very much, we really appreciate your contribution.
We have added Markhamia obtusifolia and moved the photographs over.
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