Phytolacca dodecandra L'Hér.

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Phytolacca dodecandra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cecil Kop NR, Mutare

Phytolacca dodecandra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cecil Kop NR, Mutare

Phytolacca dodecandra

Photo: Mark Hyde
Moir Close, Mandara

Phytolacca dodecandra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Upper part of Hill Complex, Great Zimbabwe

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Common names:
Status: Native
Robust perennial climber or scrambling shrub. The leaves are ovate-elliptic, tapering to a distinct, mucronate drip-tip; the leaf-base often asymmetrical. Inflorescences in long, erect racemes, white to creamy-green.
Notes: The plants are poisonous and are known to cause deaths among sheep and cattle, which browse the leaves when grass is scarce.
Derivation of specific name: dodecandra: with 12 stamens
Habitat: In a variety of habitats.
Altitude range: (metres) 600 - 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Liane, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 2 August 2014

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 92.

Shone, D.K. & Drummond, R.B. (1965). Poisonous Plants of Rhodesia Ministry of Agriculture, Rhodesia Page 48.


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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: Phytolacca dodecandra., retrieved 8 February 2016

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