Cadaba natalensis Sond.

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Synonyms:
Common names: Green-leaved wormbush (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small scrambling tree, up to c. 3 m tall. Bark greyish-brown; young branches covered in whitish lenticels. Leaves spirally arranged or clustered on dwarf spur branchlets, elliptic to obovate, up to 40 × 15 mm, dark green, thinly textured, hairless or finely hairy; apex rounded or notched, often bristle-tipped. Flowers solitary or in clusters on the spurs, mauve to purple-red; petals absent; stamens and style on a long stalk, called the andogynophore. Fruit narrowly cylindrical, up to c. 50 × 5 mm, warty, hairless. Seeds embedded in an red powdery pulp.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: natalensis: of Natal, South Africa
Habitat: Occurring in very dry bush and thickets.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Jun - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Literature:

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

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) Pages 209 - 210. (Includes a picture).


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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: Cadaba natalensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=124560, retrieved 25 September 2016

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