Pteleopsis myrtifolia (M.A. Lawson) Engl. & Diels

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Pteleopsis myrtifolia

Picture: Bart Wursten
Island 2, Katombora, Zambezi

Pteleopsis myrtifolia

Picture: Bart Wursten
Island 2, Katombora, Zambezi

Pteleopsis myrtifolia

Lusaka 1976
Drawing: Patricia Bingham

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Synonyms: Combretum myrtifolium M.A. Lawson
Common names:
Status: Native
Dense, multi-stemmed shrub or small tree. Leaves opposite or subopposite, elliptic, shiny green above. Flowers in axillary rounded heads, unpleasantly scented, creamy-white to yellow. Fruits 2-3-winged (rarely 4 or 5-winged), greenish-yellow, drying to light brown.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: myrtifolia: leaves like the Myrtle (Myrtus communis)
Habitat: In mixed woodland, riverine fringes and on rocky outcrops and hillsides.
Altitude range: Up to 1200 m
Flowering time:Nov - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 10 January 2017

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 494.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 263.

Exell, A.W. (1978). Combretaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 163 - 165. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 361. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 48.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 70.

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Flora of Botswana: Pteleopsis myrtifolia
Flora of Caprivi: Pteleopsis myrtifolia
Flora of Malawi: Pteleopsis myrtifolia
Flora of Mozambique: Pteleopsis myrtifolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pteleopsis myrtifolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Pteleopsis myrtifolia

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pteleopsis myrtifolia
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Pteleopsis myrtifolia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Pteleopsis myrtifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pteleopsis myrtifolia
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Pteleopsis myrtifolia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Pteleopsis myrtifolia
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pteleopsis myrtifolia
Ispot Southern Africa: Pteleopsis myrtifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Pteleopsis myrtifolia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pteleopsis myrtifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pteleopsis myrtifolia
The Plant List (version 1.1): Pteleopsis myrtifolia
Tropicos: Pteleopsis myrtifolia

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: Pteleopsis myrtifolia., retrieved 26 April 2018

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