Boscia salicifolia Oliv.

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Boscia salicifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, nr carpark

Boscia salicifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, nr carpark

Boscia salicifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, nr carpark

Boscia salicifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, nr carpark

Boscia salicifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, nr carpark

Boscia salicifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, nr carpark

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Synonyms: Boscia powellii Sprag. & Green
Common names: Mudemarara (Shona) Mungezi (Shona) Murunganyama (Shona) Musauti (Shona) Mutiri (Shona) Willow-leaved shepherds tree (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Small to medium-sized deciduous tree. Bark dark grey, rough and corky. Leaves spirally arranged, seldom clustered, narrowly lanceolate, up to 15 cm, dull green, leathery, finely hairy below, above only when young; apex tapering, bristle-tipped. Flowers axillary in dense branched clusters, small, without petals, yellowish green, sweetly scented. Fruit round, up to 20 mm in diameter, smooth, yellow when ripe.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: salicifolia: leaves like a willow (Salix sp.)
Habitat: In hot and dry open woodland and Miombo woodland, often on termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botawana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 6 April 2007
Literature:

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

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 36 - 37. (Includes a picture).

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

Wild, H. (1960). Capparaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 233.


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


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 salicifolia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=124530, retrieved 31 August 2016

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