Maerua edulis (Gilg & Gilg-Ben.) DeWolf

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Maerua edulis

Photo: Colin Wenham
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Maerua edulis

Photo: Colin Wenham
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Maerua edulis

Photo: Colin Wenham
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Maerua edulis

Photo: Colin Wenham
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Maerua edulis

Photo: Colin Wenham
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Maerua edulis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road along Save river to Save-Runde confluence, Gona-rhezou National Park.

Maerua edulis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road along Save river to Save-Runde confluence, Gona-rhezou National Park.

Maerua edulis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road along Save river to Save-Runde confluence, Gona-rhezou National Park.

Maerua edulis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road along Save river to Save-Runde confluence, Gona-rhezou National Park.

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Synonyms: Courbonia decumbens Brongn.
Courbonia glauca (Klotzsch) Gilg & Gilg-Ben.
Common names: Blue bush-cherry (English) Katunguru (Shona) Muswezu (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Soswe (Tonga: Zimbabwe)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Suffrutex or small shrub, usually not more than 1 m tall but occasionally up to 2 m, branching near the base. All parts covered in a pale bluish-grey waxy layer that rubs off, hairless. Leaves alternate, ovate, up to 3 × 2 cm, hairless; apex rounded, bristle-tipped; margin entire. Flowers solitary, axillary. Sepals yellowish to whitish-green; stamens numerous, c. 2 cm long. Fruit round, up to 3 cm long, smooth, bluish-green to orange-yellow when ripe.
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Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Occurring in hot and dry woodland, often with Colophospermum mopane.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
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Images last updated: Saturday 31 January 2009
Literature:

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

Wild, H. (1960). Capparaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 214 - 216. As Courbonia glauca (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: Maerua edulis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=124610, retrieved 30 August 2016

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