Maerua edulis (Gilg & Gilg-Ben.) DeWolf

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Maerua edulis

Picture: Colin Wenham
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Maerua edulis

Picture: Colin Wenham
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Maerua edulis

Picture: Colin Wenham
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Maerua edulis

Picture: Colin Wenham
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Maerua edulis

Picture: Colin Wenham
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Maerua edulis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Road along Save river to Save-Runde confluence, Gonarezhou National Park.

Maerua edulis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Road along Save river to Save-Runde confluence, Gonarezhou National Park.

Maerua edulis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Road along Save river to Save-Runde confluence, Gonarezhou National Park.

Maerua edulis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Road along Save river to Save-Runde confluence, Gonarezhou National Park.

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Synonyms: Courbonia decumbens Brongn.
Courbonia glauca (Klotzsch) Gilg & Gilg-Ben.
Physanthemum glaucum Klotzsch
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Suffrutex or small shrub, usually not more than 1 m tall but occasionally up to 2 m, branching near the base. All parts covered in a pale bluish-grey waxy layer that rubs off, hairless. Leaves alternate, ovate, up to 3 × 2 cm, hairless; apex rounded, bristle-tipped; margin entire. Flowers solitary, axillary. Sepals yellowish to whitish-green; stamens numerous, c. 2 cm long. Fruit round, up to 3 cm long, smooth, bluish-green to orange-yellow when ripe.
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Habitat: Occurring in hot and dry woodland, often with Colophospermum mopane.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk
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Literature:

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

Wild, H. (1960). Capparaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 214 - 216. As Courbonia glauca (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Maerua edulis
Flora of Mozambique: Maerua edulis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Maerua edulis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Maerua edulis
African Plant Database: Maerua edulis
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Maerua edulis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Maerua edulis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Maerua edulis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Maerua edulis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Maerua edulis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Maerua edulis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Maerua edulis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Maerua edulis
Ispot Southern Africa: Maerua edulis
JSTOR Plant Science: Maerua edulis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Maerua edulis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Maerua edulis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Maerua edulis
Tropicos: Maerua edulis


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-18

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2018). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Maerua edulis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=124610, retrieved 23 June 2018

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