Cadaba termitaria N.E. Br.

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Cadaba termitaria

Picture: John Laing
Mahenye Village

Cadaba termitaria

Picture: John Laing
Mahenye Village

Cadaba termitaria

Picture: John Laing
Mahenye Village

Cadaba termitaria

Picture: John Laing
Mahenye Village

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Synonyms: Cadaba macropoda Gilg
Common names:
Status: Native
Large shrub, sometimes straggling, up to c. 3 m tall. Bark blackish; young branches covered in lenticels and minute grey scales. Leaves spirally arranged or clustered on dwarf spur branchlets elliptic to obovate, up to 20 × 7 mm, grey-green, covered in minute grey scales on both surfaces; apex rounded or notched, often bristle-tipped. Flowers solitary or in clusters on the spurs, green to pinkish; petals absent; stamens and style on a long stalk, called the andogynophore. Fruit narrowly cylindric, worm-like, up to c. 90 × 5 mm, dark green, covered in greyish scales. Seeds embedded in an orange-red powdery pulp.
Type location:
Zimbabwe, Hartley
Derivation of specific name: termitaria: occurring on termite mounds
Habitat: In dry woodland, mostly on termite mounds
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North-West Province, South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 29 October 2014

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Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 40.

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Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Namibia Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 66.

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Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 38.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 124 - 125. (Includes a picture).

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

Setshogo, M.P. & Venter, F. (2003). Trees of Botswana: names and distribution SABONET Report No. 18 Southern African Botanical Diversity Network, Pretoria Page 41.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 202.

White, F. (1962). Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia Oxford Univ. Press. Page 61.

Wild, H. (1960). Capparaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 208 - 209. (Includes a picture).

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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: Cadaba termitaria., retrieved 21 April 2024

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