5538.000 Combretum Loefl.

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: 31 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Coeliades forestan (Striped policeman)
Pseudaphelia apollinaris (Apollo moth)
Combretum platypetalum subsp. oatesii

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SpeciesLinks to mapsFZ divisionsContent
adenogonium Steud. ex A. Rich.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
albopunctatum Suess.N,W
apiculatum Sond.[Agg]N,W,C,E,S
apiculatum Sond. subsp. apiculatum N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
apiculatum Sond. subsp. leutweinii (Schinz) ExellN,W,E,S
celastroides Welw. ex M.A. Lawson[Agg]N,W,C,E,S
celastroides Welw. ex M.A. Lawson subsp. celastroides N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
celastroides Welw. ex M.A. Lawson subsp. orientale ExellSDescription
collinum Fresen.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
coriifolium Engl. & Diels[EN]E
elaeagnoides KlotzschN,W,C,EDescription, Image
engleri Schinz?
erythrophyllum (Burch.) Sond.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
goetzei Engl. & DielsN
hereroense Schinz subsp. hereroense N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
imberbe WawraN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
kirkii M.A. LawsonNDescription
microphyllum KlotzschN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
molle R.Br ex G. DonN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
mossambicense (Klotzsch) Engl.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
obovatum F. Hoffm.NDescription, Image
padoides Engl. & DielsN,E,SDescription
paniculatum Vent.EDescription, Image
platypetalum Welw. ex M.A. Lawson subsp. oatesii (Rolfe) ExellN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
platypetalum Welw. ex M.A. Lawson subsp. platypetalum C
psidioides Welw. subsp. dinteri (Schinz) ExellN,W,E
psidioides Welw. subsp. glabrum ExellN,W
psidioides Welw. subsp. psidioides N,W,C,E,S
schumannii Engl.W
umbricola Engl.[CR]E
zeyheri Sond.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Combretum:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Combretum
Flora of Mozambique: Combretum
Flora of Zambia: Combretum

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Combretum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Combretum
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Combretum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Combretum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Combretum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Combretum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1007, retrieved 22 September 2014

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