Maytenus undata (Thunb.) Blakelock

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Maytenus undata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Gardiner Farm, nr Arcturus

Maytenus undata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Gardiner Farm, nr Arcturus

Maytenus undata

Picture: David Hartung
Umwinsi River

Maytenus undata

Picture: David Hartung
Umwinsi River

Maytenus undata

Picture: Michelle Harvey-Hyde
Near summit of Hill Complex, Great Zimbabwe

Maytenus undata

Picture: Mark Hyde
By road to Harava Dam

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Synonyms: Celastrus undatus Thunb.
Common names:
Status: Native
Multi-stemmed shrub or small unarmed tree. Bark grey-brown, smooth to finely fissured, flaking to reveal pinkish under bark. Leaves alternate, variable, ovate, elliptic-oblong to almost round, up to 13 × 9 cm, pale to dark green, paler below, somewhat leathery; margin more or less distinctly gland-toothed. The leaves typically show a whitish line when folded up (image 2). Flowers in small axillary clusters, pale greenish-yellow. Fruit a 3-lobed capsule, c. 5-7 mm in diameter, yellow to reddish-brown when ripe.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: undata: wavy
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - May
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Africa, Madagascar and the Comoro Islands.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb
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Content last updated: Sunday 16 March 2014

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Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 67.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Maytenus undata., retrieved 14 August 2020

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