Maerua juncea Pax
subsp. juncea

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Maerua juncea subsp. juncea

Photo: Bart Wursten
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Maerua juncea subsp. juncea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank

Maerua juncea subsp. juncea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank

Maerua juncea subsp. juncea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank

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Synonyms: Maerua flagellaris (Oliv.) Gilg & Gilg-Ben.
Maerua nervosa var. flagellaris Oliv.
Common names: Ibiswa (Ndebele) Kabondo (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Smooth-fruit bush-cherry (English) Umbetanhloni (Ndebele)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Woody climber or scrambling shrub, growing into the canopy of other trees and shrubs. Leaves alternate, grey-green, 1-3 foliolate, narrowly elliptic to ovate, rounded at the apex but with a bristle-tip. Flowers clustered near the ends of branches, white with very small petals and a hemispherical head of long, conspicuous stamens. Fruits ellipsoid with a smooth surface, green to orange when ripe. See subsp. crustata, which is only easily distinguished when in fruit, these being very rough-skinned, resembling small lemons.
Derivation of specific name: juncea: Juncus- or rush-like
Habitat: In areas of hot and dry Acacia woodland as well as Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
Growth form(s): Climber, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 17 December 2007

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

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 47. (Includes a picture).

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

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 203.


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West African Plants database: Maerua juncea

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 juncea subsp. juncea., retrieved 27 May 2016

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