This member of the Araliaceae family was described by Berthold Carl Seemann in 1866.
It was already given the name;
Cussonia arborea in 1848, and so far, I have not figured
why that isn't the correct name.
It grows in well-drained soil with quite
some water in summer and lots of sun. It can reach 11 or even15 meters
in height, and the
flowers are small and red. The stem can grow to 75 centimetres in
Berthold Carl Seemann, 1866
Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Malawi, Mozambique,
Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania
Cussonia arborea, Hochst. 1848.
Cussonia barteri, Seem. 1887. Cussonia hamata
Harms, 1898. Cussonia laciniata Harms, 1898. Cussonia
djalonensis A. Chev. 1908. Cussonia nigerica
Hutch. 1910. Cussonia homblei De Wild. 1914.
Cussonia delevoyi De Wild. 1927. Cussonia longissima
Hutch. & Dalziel, 1928. Cussonia tisserantii
Aubrév. & Pellegr. 1953.
The genera is
named after Pierre Cusson, 1727-1783, a French physician, botanist
and mathematician. The species after Sir John Kirk, 1832-1922, an
English surgeon and plant collector in East Africa.