Capparis viminea Hook. f. & Thomson ex Oliv.
var. viminea

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Synonyms: Capparis lilacina Gilg
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Status: Native
Scrambling shrub up to c. 3 m high, armed with sharp, paired hooked thorns. Branches smooth, green, hairless. Leaves elliptic or rhomboid, up to 5 × 2.5 cm, thinly textured, shiny above, hairless on both sides. Flowers solitary or in few-flowered clusters in the upper leaf axils. Sepals lilac or green, hairless except for bearded margins; petals cream, hairy on the outside. Stamens c. 6, up to c. 2 cm long.
Notes: Note: This taxon, mostly known from coastal areas, has been included on the basis of a number of records at SRGH (one from Mana Pools in division N, the remainder from the E Division).

Although C. viminea var. orthacantha (Gilg & Gilg-Ben.) De Wolf is listed in the Checklist of Zimbabwean Vascular Plants (Mapaura & Timberlake, 2004), no records for that variety were found.
Derivation of specific name: viminea: with long, flexible shoots
Habitat: Mostly known from coastal scrub, but also occurring in high rainfall woodland and evergreen forest.
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E
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Images last updated: Wednesday 4 February 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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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 viminea var. viminea., retrieved 26 July 2016

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