Searsia kirkii (Oliv.) Moffett

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Searsia kirkii

Katanga Province, DRC
Nov 2006
Photo: Jos Stevens

Searsia kirkii

Katanga Province, DRC
Nov 2006
Photo: Jos Stevens

Searsia kirkii

Katanga Province, DRC
Jan 2008
Photo: Jos Steven

Searsia kirkii

Katanga Province, DRC
Feb 2008
Photo: Jos Stevens

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Synonyms: Rhus eylesii Hutch.
Rhus kirkii Oliv.
Rhus polyneura Engl. & Gilg
Rhus welwitschii Engl.
Common names:
Status: Native
Suffrutex or small shrub, usually less than 1.2 m. Leaves trifoliolate, markedly discolorous. Leaflets green and variously hairy above, yellowish-white and densely woolly below. Inflorescences terminal and axillary; flowers greenish or creamy white. Fruit a drupe, shiny cinnamon-brown when ripe.
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Derivation of specific name: kirkii: named after Dr John Kirk, who accompanied David Livingstone on his Zambezi expedition of 1858
Habitat: In open Brachystegia woodland, grassland and along river banks.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp,Lk
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Content last updated: Friday 7 April 2017

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 35.

Fernandes, R. & A. (1966). Anacardiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 594 - 595.

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 17.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 22.

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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: Searsia kirkii., retrieved 25 May 2024

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