Isoberlinia angolensis

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Name and publication()

Isoberlinia angolensis (Welw. ex Benth.) Hoyle & Brenan, Kew Bull. 4(1): 78 (1949).

Description()

Sold as “suru pods” or “curve pods” in the potpourri trade, these fruits are probably a species of Isoberlinia, and I. angolensis closely matches. The woody, coiled pods, usually bleached and/or dyed for the trade, show spaces for 3-9 seeds on the interior, with anastomosing striae on the exterior. Flattened, they would be about 10-18 cm long x 3-4 cm wide.

Nativity and distribution()

Isoberlinia angolensis is native to Africa (Angola, Malawi, Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia).

Family()

Fabaceae (alt. Leguminosae), also placed in Caesalpiniaceae

Synonymy()

Berlinia angolensis Welw. ex Benth.