Boscia mossambicensis Klotzsch

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Boscia mossambicensis

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Byo-Vic Falls Rd

Boscia mossambicensis

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Byo-Vic Falls Rd

Boscia mossambicensis

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Byo-Vic Falls Rd

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Synonyms: Boscia welwitschii Gilg
Common names: Broad-leaved shepherds tree (English)
Status: Native
Much-branched shrub or small tree. Bark greyish-brown, rough and flaking; young branchlets yellowish, hairless. Leaves alternate or clustered, obovate, relatively large, up to 8 × 3.5 cm, leathery, slightly hairy when young, soon becoming hairless; apex rounded with a small, sharp point. Flowers in short, dense heads on short axillary branches. Sepals greenish-white; petals absent; stamens c. 15-40, c. 1 cm long. Fruit round, c. 2 cm in diameter, hairless, yellow to reddish when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: mossambicensis: of Mozambique
Habitat: Occurring in hot and dry woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1200 m
Flowering time:Apr - Jun
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, DRC, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Kruger NP, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 5 January 2015

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 99. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 238.

Roodt, V. (1998). Trees and Shrubs of the Okavango Delta Shell Field Guide Series: Part I Shell Oil Botswana, Gaberone. Pages 32 - 33. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 44.


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Flora of Botswana: Boscia mossambicensis
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African Plant Database: Boscia mossambicensis
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Boscia mossambicensis
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Boscia mossambicensis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Boscia mossambicensis
Ispot Southern Africa : Boscia mossambicensis
JSTOR Plant Science: Boscia mossambicensis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Boscia mossambicensis
Tropicos: Boscia mossambicensis
West African Plants database: Boscia mossambicensis

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: Boscia mossambicensis., retrieved 28 July 2016

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