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Small to medium-sized tree with sticky milky latex. Leaves opposite, oblong-elliptic, usually 14 × 17 cm long, sometimes larger, leathery, dark green above, paler below, hairless except for hair-tuft domatia in the axils below; lateral veins prominent below; margin entire, often wavy. Flowers in axillary clusters, creamy-white, sweetly scented, c. 1.5 cm in diameter; lobes hairless, overlapping to the right. Fruit in paired, elliptic, flattened follicles, 9-30 cm long, spread at right angles to the stalk, pale brown, splitting along one side. Seeds small with a tuft of silky hairs to aid dispersal by wind.


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© Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings

Source: Flora of Zimbabwe

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