Berthold Carl Seemann, 1866
Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad,
Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory
Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda,
Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre,
Cussonia arborea, Hochst. 1848.
Cussonia barteri, Seem. 1887.
Cussonia laciniata Harms, 1898.
djalonensis A. Chev. 1908.
Cussonia homblei De Wild. 1914.
Cussonia delevoyi De Wild. 1927.
Hutch. & Dalziel, 1928.
Aubrév. & Pellegr. 1953.
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 eleven or even
in height, and the
flowers are small and red. The stem can grow from 75 to 100 centimetres in
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.