Maerua salicifolia Wild

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Status: Native
Small shrub up to 1.3 m tall. Branches blue-green, ridged, erect. Leaves simple, narrowly elliptic, up to 10 × 2.5 cm, grey-green, hairless. Flowers solitary in the upper leaf axils; sepals pubescent on the inside; petals small, whitish. Stamens c. 30, 2.5 cm long. Fruit ovoid-ellipsoid, c. 2.5 × 2 cm, coarsely verrucose.
Notes: The habitat is under threat by agriculture and over-browsing by elephant. Listed as Vulnerable.
Derivation of specific name: salicifolia: leaves like a willow (Salix sp.)
Habitat: On bare ground and sandy soils in mopane woodland.
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Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe (Binga and Sengwa areas)
Zimbabwe distribution: N
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Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 238.


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African Plant Database: Maerua salicifolia
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Maerua salicifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Maerua salicifolia
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Maerua salicifolia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Maerua salicifolia
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Maerua salicifolia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Maerua salicifolia
Ispot Southern Africa : Maerua salicifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Maerua salicifolia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Maerua salicifolia
Tropicos: Maerua salicifolia
West African Plants database: Maerua 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: Maerua salicifolia., retrieved 30 July 2016

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