Maerua angolensis DC.

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Maerua angolensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Tonorai Primary School, Birchenough Bridge, Save Valley.

Maerua angolensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Tonorai Primary School, Birchenough Bridge, Save Valley.

Maerua angolensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Tonorai Primary School, Birchenough Bridge, Save Valley.

Maerua angolensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Tonorai Primary School, Birchenough Bridge, Save Valley.

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Synonyms: Maerua arenicola sensu Eyles
Common names:
Status: Native
Shrub or small to medium-sized deciduous tree. Young branches with conspicuous pale lenticels. Leaves elliptic to lanceolate, up to 7 cm long, shiny green above, paler below with the midrib prominent and whitish, thinly textured, hairless; apex round or notched with a hair-like tip; petiole almost as long as the leaf, yellowish with a swelling and a bend below the blade. Flowers axillary, solitary, in terminal spikes or in clusters on small lateral spurs, without petals, stamens numerous and long, white fading to yellow. Fruit up to 16 cm long, pod-like, often constricted between the seeds.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: angolensis: of Angola
Habitat: In hot and dry open woodland and thickets.
Altitude range: Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:Jul - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa to Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and Eswatini.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Lp,C,Lk,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Colotis vesta mutans (Food plant)
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 157. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 38.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 25.

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

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.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 24.

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 65.

Wild, H. (1960). Capparaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 223 - 229. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Maerua angolensis., retrieved 5 October 2023

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