Cliffortia serpyllifolia Cham. & Schltdl.

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Cliffortia serpyllifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

Cliffortia serpyllifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

Cliffortia serpyllifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

Cliffortia serpyllifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

Cliffortia serpyllifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

Cliffortia serpyllifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
John Meikle Forestry Estate, Stapleford

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Synonyms: Cliffortia tychonis Weim.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Description:
Dense, much-branched shrub up to c. 2 m tall. Leaves 3-foliolate, clustered on short lateral shoots; leaflets 8-10 mm long oblanceolate, hairless; margin entire, not distinctly rolled under. Flowers solitary, axillary, unisexual, greenish-white. Fruit a small ridged capsule, c. 2 mm long.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: serpyllifolia: leaves like Serpyllum or Wild Thyme ( Thymus serphyllum).
Habitat: Along streambanks and margins of forest and ericoid scrub, often forming dense colonies.
Altitude range: (metres) Above 1700 m
Flowering time:Apr - Jul
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 10 December 2011
Literature:

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 249.

Mendes, E.J. (1978). Rosaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 26 - 27. (Includes a picture).

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Page 150.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 136 - 137. (Includes a picture).


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JSTOR Plant Science: Cliffortia serpyllifolia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cliffortia serpyllifolia
Tropicos: Cliffortia serpyllifolia
West African Plants database: Cliffortia serpyllifolia


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: Cliffortia serpyllifolia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=125450, retrieved 31 August 2016

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