Boscia salicifolia Oliv.

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Boscia salicifolia

Lusaka 1976
Drawing: Patricia Bingham

Boscia salicifolia

Lusaka 1976
Drawing: Patricia Bingham

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Synonyms: Boscia powellii Sprag. & Green
Common names:
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized deciduous tree. Bark dark grey, rough and corky. Leaves spirally arranged, seldom clustered, narrowly lanceolate, up to 15 cm, dull green, leathery, finely hairy below, above only when young; apex tapering, bristle-tipped. Flowers axillary in dense branched clusters, small, without petals, yellowish green, sweetly scented. Fruit round, up to 20 mm in diameter, smooth, yellow when ripe.
Type location:
Syntypes from Uganda and Malawi
Derivation of specific name: salicifolia: leaves like a willow (Salix sp.)
Habitat: In hot and dry open woodland and Miombo woodland, often on termite mounds.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botawana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,Lp,E,C,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 5 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 148. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 229.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 238.

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 36 - 37. (Includes a picture).

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 32.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 44.

Wild, H. (1960). Capparaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 233.

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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 salicifolia., retrieved 22 February 2024

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