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Maerua rigida R. Br. var. buxifolia Welw. ex Oliv.
Description: Small woody shrub up to 2 m tall with stiff rigid branches. Leaves clustered on dwarf side shoots or occasionally also alternate, simple, obovate, up to 2 cm long, grey-green, leathery; petiole and leaves entirely glabrous; margin entire. Flowers solitary or in pairs on the side shoots. Sepals green; petals present but very small, white; stamens 15-25, c. 1.5 cm long. Fruit bean-like, pendulous, c. 5 cm long, somewhat constricted between the seeds.
Notes: Note: generally very similar to
M. parvifolia, is distinguished by the leaves and petioles being entirely without hairs or papillae.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Occurring in hot and dry mopane and mixed woodland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Worldwide distribution: Southern Angola, Zimbabwe.
Red data list status:
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Display spot characters for this species
A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Drummond, R.B. (1975). Kirkia 10(1) Page 238. Comments
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Other sources of information about Maerua buxifolia: External websites: Biodiversity Explorer
(Biodiversity of southern Africa):
Maerua buxifolia EOL
(Encyclopedia of Life):
Maerua buxifolia ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Maerua buxifolia Flora Zambesiaca
Maerua buxifolia Google
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for
Maerua buxifolia IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Maerua buxifolia Ispot Southern Africa
Maerua buxifolia JSTOR Plant Science
Maerua buxifolia Kew Herbarium catalogue
Maerua buxifolia Tropicos
Maerua buxifolia West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Maerua buxifolia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=124590, retrieved 24 May 2016
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