Balanites pedicellaris Mildbr. & Schltr.
subsp. pedicellaris

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Balanites pedicellaris subsp. pedicellaris

Photo: Rob Burrett
Mapungubwe Park, Limpopo Valley, S Africa.

Balanites pedicellaris subsp. pedicellaris

Photo: Rob Burrett
Mapungubwe Park, Limpopo Valley, S Africa.

Balanites pedicellaris subsp. pedicellaris

Photo: Rob Burrett
Mapungubwe Park, Limpopo Valley, S Africa.

Balanites pedicellaris subsp. pedicellaris

Photo: Rob Burrett
Mapungubwe Park, Limpopo Valley, S Africa.

Balanites pedicellaris subsp. pedicellaris

Photo: Rob Burrett
Mapungubwe Park, Limpopo Valley, S Africa.

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Synonyms: Balanites australis Bremek.
Common names: Small green-thorn (English) Small torchwood (English)
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Description:
Much-branched shrub or small tree. Branches yellowish or greyish-green, armed with simple green spines. Leaves alternate or on the spines, 2-foliolate; leaflets obovate, pale green, rather fleshy, velvety; margin entire; petiole short, velvety. Flowers in small, axillary clusters, c. 1.4 cm in diameter, greenish-white. Fruit c. 2.5 × 2 cm, orange-yellow when ripe, edible but apparently not sought after.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: pedicellaris: with a pedicel.
Habitat: In dry woodland and scrub and on alluvial floodplains.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: From Kenya and Tanzania southwards to South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal)
Zimbabwe distribution: N,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Thursday 29 January 2009
Literature:

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

Launert, E. (1963). Balanitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 223 - 224. As Balanites pedicellaris

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 29.

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, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Balanites pedicellaris subsp. pedicellaris.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=132980, retrieved 11 December 2017

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