Balanites aegyptiaca (L.) Delile
var. aegyptiaca

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Balanites aegyptiaca var. aegyptiaca

Photo: Bart Wursten
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Balanites aegyptiaca var. aegyptiaca

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hot Springs

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Synonyms:
Common names: Muvambangoma (Shona) Nyahoko (Shona) Simple-thorned torchwood (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small evergreen tree, armed with robust green or yellowish spines. Leaves 2-foliolate; leaflets asymmetrical obovate-elliptic, bright green, leathery; margin entire. Flowers small, greenish-white, in axillary clusters. Fruit a drupe, narrowly ellipsoid or cylindric, longitudinally ribbed, yellowish-red when ripe, edible.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: aegyptiaca: of Egypt
Habitat: In dry wooded grassland, often on alluvial soils near rivers.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Nov
Worldwide distribution: Widespread from Senegal to Somalia and from Egypt south to Zimbabwe; also in Jordan and the Arabian peninsula
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 23 December 2006
Literature:

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 256.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 248. As Balanites aegyptiaca

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 39.


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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: Balanites aegyptiaca var. aegyptiaca.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=132960, retrieved 24 August 2016

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