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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Images last updated: Tuesday 9 January 2007

Chapano, Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 36.

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

Mendonça, F. A. (1963). Rutaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 202 - 204. (Includes a picture).

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
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Vepris reflexa
The Plant List (version 1.1): Vepris reflexa
Tropicos: Vepris reflexa

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: Vepris reflexa., retrieved 24 May 2017

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