Vepris reflexa I. Verd.

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Common names: Drooping ironwood (English) Rock white ironwood (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Bark pale to dark grey, fairly smooth. Leaves drooping, 3-foliolate; leaflets curling upwards, narrowly elliptic, 3-8 cm long, glossy green with conspicuous venation, leathery, distinctly gland-dotted, aromatic when crushed; margin entire. Flowers in short axillary heads, greenish. Fruit ellipsoid, c. 1.2 cm, fleshy, orange-red when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: reflexa: reflexed, referring to the typically curling leaflets
Habitat: In dry deciduous woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 800 m
Flowering time:Jul - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Insects associated with this species: Papilio constantinus constantinus (L)
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Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 248.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 100.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Vepris reflexa
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West African Plants database: Vepris reflexa

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: Vepris reflexa., retrieved 26 August 2016

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