Morella serrata (Lam.) Killick

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Morella serrata

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Greystone Park NR

Morella serrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR, Harare

Morella serrata

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Below dam wall, Greystone Park NR

Morella serrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank

Morella serrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank

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Synonyms: Myrica conifera auct.
Myrica serrata Lam.
Common names: Lance-leaved waxberry (English)
Status: Native
Dioecious tree or shrub, up to 12 m. Leaves: lamina 5-10 × 1-2 cm, narrowly elliptic, abundantly dotted with golden glands, especially beneath (see image 3); apex acute; margin entire or remotely serrate. Male spikes 0.8-3 cm; stamens 4. Female spikes 1.2-2.6 cm. Fruits c.2 mm in diameter, spherical, warted, covered with a white wax.
Derivation of specific name: serrata: serrate, saw-toothed
Habitat: Riverine forest
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Aug - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa (including Mozambique) to South Africa as far as the Western Cape.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Images last updated: Friday 29 January 2010

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 47.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 233. As Myrica serrata

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 12 - 13. (Includes a picture).

Roodt, V. (1998). Trees and Shrubs of the Okavango Delta Shell Field Guide Series: Part I Shell Oil Botswana, Gaberone. Pages 84 - 85. as Myrica serrata (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 89.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 125.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 219. as Myrica serrata


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Morella serrata
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West African Plants database: Morella serrata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Morella serrata., retrieved 25 May 2016

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