Description of the genus
Trees, shrubs, or woody climbers. Leaves opposite, whorled, subopposite or rarely alternate, usually entire; petiole sometimes persisting and forming a ± hooked spine. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic, 4-5-merous. Calyx 4-5 (rarely more). Petals usually 4-5, variously coloured. Stamens twice as many as petals, in 1 or 2 series. Ovary inferior. Fruit 4-5-winged.
A generally recognisable genus but Schrebera trichoclada in leaf looks very similar.
The flowers of many species resemble those of willows (Salix species), hence their common name of Bushwillow.
Worldwide: 250 species in the tropics, excluding Australia
Zimbabwe: 3 cultivated taxa.Insects associated with this genus:
Other sources of information about Combretum:
Our websites:Flora of Botswana
: CombretumFlora of Caprivi
: CombretumFlora of Malawi
: CombretumFlora of Mozambique
: CombretumFlora of Zambia
: CombretumFlora of Zimbabwe
(electronic Plant Information Center): CombretumFlora Zambesiaca
web site: CombretumGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for CombretumIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): CombretumKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Combretum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1007, retrieved 26 March 2017