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Caloncoba welwitschii

In the dense, green, tropical forest undergrowth in Africa, the profusion of petals of the bright white flowers of Caloncoba welwitschii provide quite a spectacle.
Flower of Caloncoba welwitschii

Flower of Caloncoba welwitschii

Species information

Scientific name: 

Caloncoba welwitschii (Oliv.) Gilg

Conservation status: 

Least Concern according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Habitat: 

Understorey of tropical forest; also a component of secondary forest.

Key Uses: 

Medicinal, fruit pulp edible.

Known hazards: 

The seeds are poisonous when dried and powdered.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Rosanae
Order: 
Malpighiales
Family: 
Achariaceae
Genus: Caloncoba

About this species

One of the first scientific collections of Caloncoba welwitschii was made by the Austrian collector Friedrich Welwitsch, in Angola in 1855. The specific epithet welwitschii was given to this species in his honour. A pressed and dried specimen of C. welwitschii, collected by Welwitsch, is held in Kew’s Herbarium.

Synonym: 

Oncoba welwitschii

Genus: 
Caloncoba

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