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Mukorongwe (Tonga: Zimbabwe)
Woolly caper-bush (English)
Description: Mostly a robust woody climber but occasionally a shrub or small tree, armed with sharp, paired, hooked thorns. All young parts are densely velvety. Leaves alternate, oblong to broadly elliptic, grey-green, covered in velvet hairs; margins entire. Flowers quite showy, yellowish-green with a mass of long white or pinkish stamens. Fruit large, up to 4 cm, pink to orange when ripe. The fruits hang from a long stalk-like branch called a gynophore.
Notes: The species is much used in traditional medicine.
Derivation of specific name:
tomentosa: tomentose, densely woolly
Habitat: In woodland at lower altitudes, sometimes a liane; occurring at higher altitudes on termite mounds
Altitude range: (metres)
Up to 1380 m
Flowering time: Aug - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and South Africa
Growth form(s): Climber, liane, shrub over 2 m.
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Saturday 21 January 2006
Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 91.
Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 47. (Includes a picture). Comments
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Capparis tomentosa JSTOR Plant Science
Capparis tomentosa Kew Herbarium catalogue
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Capparis tomentosa West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Capparis tomentosa.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=124460, retrieved 25 October 2014
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