Khaya anthotheca

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Khaya anthotheca


Taxonavigation: Sapindales 
Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids II
Ordo: Sapindales

Familia: Meliaceae
Subfamilia: Cedreloideae
Genus: Khaya
Species: Khaya anthotheca


Khaya anthotheca (Welw.) C.DC., A. L. P. P. de Candolle & A. C. de Candolle, Monogr. Phan. 1: 721. (1878)

  • Type: F.M. Welwitsch 1314 (in flower), April 1856 (lectotype: BM-BM000799818); designated by Bouka Dipelet & al. (2017: 17).
  • Type locality: Angola. Mountains of Queta.


  • Basionym
    • Garretia anthotheca Welw., Apont.: 587. (1859)
  • Heterotypic
    • Khaya euryphylla Harms, Notizbl. Königl. Bot. Gart. Berlin 3(28): 169. (1902); not accepted by Hutchinson, Dalziel & Keay (1954) and Bouka Dipelet & al. (2017)
    • Khaya nyasica Stapf ex Baker f., J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 40(275): 42. (1911)
    • Khaya mildbraedii Harms, Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 7: 223. (1917); not accepted by Hutchinson, Dalziel & Keay (1954) and Bouka Dipelet & al. (2017)
      • Type: G.W. Mildbraed 8698, March 1914 (holotype: B†; lectotype: K-K001089643); the lectotype was designated by Bouka Dipelet & al. (2017: 18).
      • Type locality: Kamerun[Cameroon.] Far to the north till the meander of the Lom (Sanaga) before the confluence with the Djérem, the forward end of the mountain range of the closed Hylaea around Dengdeng about 250 km NE Yaoundé.
    • Khaya wildemanii Ghesq., Rev. Zool. Bot. Africaines 13(Suppl. Bot.): 29. (1926); not accepted by Robyns (1948–1963) and Bouka Dipelet & al. (2017)
      • Type: J. Ghesquière 62, October 1924 (lectotype: BR[BR00000895410]; isolectotypes: BR[BR00000895407, BR00000895440, BR00000895443, BR00000895476, BR00000982535]); designated by Bouka Dipelet & al. (2017: 18).
      • Type locality: Congo Belge[The Democratic Republic Of The Congo]. Kasai.
    • Khaya agboensis A.Chev., Rev. Bot. Appl. Agric. Trop. 8: 209. (1928); not accepted by Hutchinson, Dalziel & Keay (1954) and Bouka Bipelet & al. (2017)


Native distribution areas:
  • Continental: Africa
    • Regional: West Tropical Africa
      • Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone.
    • Regional: West-Central Tropical Africa
      • Central African Republic, Cameroon, Congo, Zaïre
    • Regional: Northeast Tropical Africa
      • Sudan
    • Regional: East Tropical Africa
      • Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
    • Regional: South Tropical Africa
      • Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
    • Regional: Southern Africa
      • KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Provinces (introduced)
  • Continental: Asia-Tropical
    • Regional: Indian Subcontinent
      • Bangladesh (introduced)
  • Continental: Southern America
    • Regional: Caribbean
      • Trinidad-Tobago (introduced)

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition


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Kiswahili: Mkangazi
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