Caesalpinia decapetala (Roth) Alston

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Caesalpinia decapetala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Domboshawa Rd, N of Harare

Caesalpinia decapetala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Domboshawa Rd, N of Harare

Caesalpinia decapetala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Mount Pleasant Business Park, Harare

Caesalpinia decapetala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Mount Pleasant Business Park, Harare

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Synonyms:
Common names: Mauritius thorn (English)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Introduced
Description:
Climbing or straggling shrub. Stems and (2-pinnate) leaves armed with prickles. Petals 10-15 mm, pale yellow. Pod beaked, dehiscent along upper suture, oblong-elliptic, straight or slightly curved, flattened, pubescent.
Notes: Frequently planted as a hedge where it forms an unpleasant and impenetrable barrier. Could be confused with Pterolobium stellatum in leaf; see that species for further information.
Derivation of specific name: decapetala: with 10 petals (actually 5 in this sp.)
Habitat: Naturalised in forests (e.g. the swamp forest near Arcturus) and in riverine vegetation.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:May - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Native of India and Sri Lanka
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Climber, liane.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 3 September 2006
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 212.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 243.


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Flora of Mozambique: Caesalpinia decapetala
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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Caesalpinia decapetala

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African Plant Database: Caesalpinia decapetala
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Caesalpinia decapetala
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Caesalpinia decapetala
Ispot Southern Africa : Caesalpinia decapetala
JSTOR Plant Science: Caesalpinia decapetala
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Caesalpinia decapetala
Tropicos: Caesalpinia decapetala
West African Plants database: Caesalpinia decapetala


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: Caesalpinia decapetala.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=127210, retrieved 28 May 2016

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