Family:
Meliaceae Juss.
Genus:
Melia L.

Melia volkensii Gürke

This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Ethiopia to NE. Tanzania.

[FTEA]

Meliaceae, Styles & F. White (Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1991

Morphology General Habit
Tree up to 15(–20) m. tall; crown often with a browse-line produced by giraffe; bark with pronounced vertical fissures.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves up to 35 cm. long, less divided than in M. azedarach; leaflets nearly always entire (rarely a few leaflets have a single basal lobe or a few shallow teeth).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence congested, up to 12 cm. long, axillary and on older branchlets.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Drupe 3–4 cm. long; endocarp very thick and bony, terete, with a star-like, 5-lobed apical depression and a rose-like, 5-lobed basal depression; fertile locules 2.
Figures
Fig. 5.
Habitat
An emergent in Acacia, Commiphora deciduous bushland; sometimes fringing seasonal watercourses and on rock outcrops; 350–1675 m.
Distribution
K1 K4 K6 K7 T3

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Spreading tree up to 15(–20) m high; bark with vertical fissures
Morphology Leaves
Leaves up to 35 cm long; leaflets nearly always entire (rarely a few leaflets have a single basal lobe or a few shallow teeth); petiole 1.8–5 cm long; leaf-rhachis 3–9 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences congested, up to 12 cm long, axillary and on older branchlets
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits 3–4 cm long; stone very thick and bony, terete, with 5-lobed apical and basal depressions; fertile cells 2.
Distribution
S1; Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia
Ecology
Altitude range 370–400 m.
Vernacular
Bambi (Somali).

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania

Melia volkensii Gürke appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Greenway, P.J. [8584], Tanzania 15463.000 No
Hughes, J. [239], Tanzania 16519.000 No

First published in H.G.A.Engler, Pflanzenw. Ost-Afrikas, C: 231 (1895)

Accepted by

  • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Styles, B.T. & White, F. (1991). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Meliaceae: 1-67.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) in Thulin, M. (ed.) (1999). Flora of Somalia 2: 1-303. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Thulin, M. (ed.) in Thulin, M. (ed.) (1999). Flora of Somalia 2: 1-303. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 2, (1999) Author: by A. S. Hassan & M. Cheek [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Dale & Greenway, Kenya Trees and Shrubs p. 269 (1961).
  • Gürke in Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 231 (1895).
  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 317 (1949).
  • Styles & F. White in Fl. Eth. 3: 485, fig. 124.4 (1990).

  • Flora of Somalia

    Flora of Somalia
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  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

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