Swaziland's Flora Database:
Schotia brachypetala Sond.
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Tree
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: widespread
Local abundance: occasional
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Schotia brachypetala - (Umutwa, Umvovovu, Tree Fuchsia) Handsome deciduous tree, up to 10 m high. Leaves grouped at ends of branches, with up to c five pairs of leaflets and usually no terminal leaflet, with very few scattered hairs; leaflets oval, almost stalkless, up to 6 cm long x 3 cm wide, usually less. Flowers appearing before leaves, in dense clusters along branches, producing copious nectar, crimson. Calyx tube funnel-shaped, c 7 mm long, lobes 4, c 7 mm long. Petals minute, hidden. Stamens, ovary and style projecting from calyx. Fruits hard, flat, rough-surfaced, oblong or oval, up to 9 cm long X 3 cm wide.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.
Included in Tree Atlas.
Culverwell, J., K.P. Braun (in prep). Mlawula Nature Reserve Annotated Flora Checklist (incomplete, unpublished)