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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Common names: Mauritius thorn (English)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Introduced
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

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Pages 181 - 183. (Includes a picture).

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.

Wild, H. (undated, c. 1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds ?Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 51. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Caesalpinia decapetala., retrieved 16 January 2018

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