Maerua paniculata Wild

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Status: Native
Climbing shrub; branches reddish, puberulous when young. Leaves (1) 3 (5)-foliolate; leaflets 2.3–4.5 x 1–1.8 cm., lateral leaflets smaller, narrowly elliptic, elliptic or narrowly obovate, apex obtuse or acute, mucronulate, base narrowly cuneate, glabrous on both sides, membranous, nerves not prominent; petiole up to 2.3 cm. long, papillose-puberulous; petiolules similar, up to 5 mm. long. Inflorescence of terminal or axillary, racemose, leafless panicles; peduncles 2–6 cm. long, puberulous; racemes c. 10-flowered, rather dense, on secondary peduncles up to 1.5 cm. long; pedicels up to 7 mm. long, puberulous; bracts up to 1 mm. long, trifid, subulate. Receptacle 3 mm. long x 1.5 mm. wide at the mouth, cylindric, puberulous-pilose outside, with a dentate margin within; sepals reddish outside, c. 7 x 4 mm., oblong-elliptic, apex obtuse, puberulous outside, particularly towards the margin. Petals 0. Androgynophore about the same length as the receptacle. Stamens c. 40, on reddish filaments c. 1.3 cm. long; anthers 1.3 x 1.0 mm., oblong-ovate. Ovary on a glabrous gynophore up to 1.3 cm. long, oblong-ellipsoid, glabrous; ovules c. 16 on 2 placentas; stigma sessile, capitate, narrower than the ovary. Fruit c. 1 x 0.8 cm., ellipsoid-globose, longitudinally 4–6-ribbed.
From FZ, Vol 1, Part 1, page 194, (1960) Author: H. Wild
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Notes: Red data status: VU B1B2cD2.
Only known from two records, Michelmore 446 (1933) and Fanshawe-Sumbu.
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Habitat: In dense deciduous scrub.
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Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N
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Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Wild, H. (1960). Capparaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 224 - 225.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Maerua paniculata
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Maerua paniculata., retrieved 6 October 2022

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