Capparis fascicularis DC.
var. fascicularis

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Capparis fascicularis var. fascicularis

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Synonyms: Capparis rudatisii Gilg & Gilg-Ben.
Common names: Zizag caper-bush (English)
Status: Native
Scrambling shrub or woody climber, armed with sharp, paired hooked thorns. Branches often distinctly zigzag, densely covered in rusty hairs, particularly when young. Leaves (narrowly) elliptic-oblong to oblanceolate, up to 6 cm long, leathery, rounded and often emarginate at the apex, sparsely pubescent or almost hairless. Flowers on leafless side branchlets, resembling spikes or racemes. Sepals densely rusty hairy on the outside; petals whitish. Stamens c. 8, up to 1 cm long. Fruit spherical, 6-15 mm in diameter, purple-black when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: fascicularis: clustered, referring to the clustered flowers.
Habitat: Occurring in dry deciduous woodland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Jul - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: S
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Images last updated: Wednesday 21 January 2009

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 237.


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Flora of Mozambique: Capparis fascicularis var. fascicularis
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African Plant Database: Capparis fascicularis
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Capparis fascicularis
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JSTOR Plant Science: Capparis fascicularis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Capparis fascicularis
Tropicos: Capparis fascicularis
West African Plants database: Capparis fascicularis

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: Capparis fascicularis var. fascicularis., retrieved 27 July 2016

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