Ziziphus mauritiana Lam.

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Ziziphus mauritiana

Lusaka 1976
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Synonyms: Ziziphus jujuba (L.) Lam.
Common names:
Shrub or small to medium-sized tree, armed with distinct opposite pairs of hooked and near-straight spines. Leaves elliptic to broadly elliptic, hairless above, densely whitish tomentose below; base symmetrical or nearly so; 3-veined from the base; margin crenate-serrate. Flowers in axillary clusters, small, yellowish. Fruit a spherical drupe c. 2 cm.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: mauritiana: from Mauritius
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Worldwide distribution: Native to India, Mauritius and northern tropical Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
Zambian distribution (Provinces): E,Lk,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Tarucus sybaris sybaris (Food plant)
Epiphora mythimnia (Larval foodplant)
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Content last updated: Tuesday 10 January 2017

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 551. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1966). Rhamnaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 420 - 421. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 257.

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 70.

Maroyi, A. (2006). Preliminary checklist of introduced and naturalized plants in Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(2) Page 237.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Ziziphus mauritiana

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ziziphus mauritiana
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JSTOR Plant Science: Ziziphus mauritiana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ziziphus mauritiana
Plants of the World Online: Ziziphus mauritiana
Tropicos: Ziziphus mauritiana
Wikipedia: Ziziphus mauritiana

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: Ziziphus mauritiana.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137650, retrieved 21 April 2024

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