Boscia angustifolia A. Rich.
var. corymbosa (Gilg) DeWolf

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Boscia angustifolia var. corymbosa

Drawing showing characteristics for Boscia angustifolia
Lusaka 1976; Patricia Bingham

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Synonyms: Boscia corymbosa Gilg
Common names:
Status: Native
Small evergreen tree. Leaves mostly clustered on very small woody spurs along the branches, oblanceolate to elliptic, 2-7 cm, leathery, dark green above and finely hairy only when young, hairless later, paler grey-green and densely hairy below; midrib grooved along the top; apex broadly tapering to rounded, often with a sharp point. Flowers in dense branched terminal heads, small, without petals, creamy-white to yellowish, sweetly scented. Fruit round, c. 10 mm in diameter, yellow to blackish when ripe.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: angustifolia: narrow-leaved
Habitat: In hot and dry woodland, often on termite mounds.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Randomly throughout the year, often after sudden rain.
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,Lp,N,E,Lk,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 11 January 2017

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 146. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 9.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 6.

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 225 - 226. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 98. as Boscia angustifolia

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 237.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 31.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 43.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 9. as Boscia corymbosa

Wild, H. (1960). Capparaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 231 - 232. As Boscia corymbosa (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Boscia angustifolia var. corymbosa
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Flora of Mozambique: Boscia angustifolia var. corymbosa
Flora of Zimbabwe: Boscia angustifolia var. corymbosa

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Boscia angustifolia
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Boscia angustifolia var. corymbosa., retrieved 4 March 2024

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