Cleistanthus schlechteri (Pax) Hutch.
var. schlechteri

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Cleistanthus schlechteri var. schlechteri

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Levasflor, Cheringoma, Mozambique

Cleistanthus schlechteri var. schlechteri

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Levasflor, Cheringoma, Mozambique

Cleistanthus schlechteri var. schlechteri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Base of Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Cleistanthus schlechteri var. schlechteri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Base of Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Cleistanthus schlechteri var. schlechteri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Base of Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Cleistanthus schlechteri var. schlechteri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Base of Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Cleistanthus schlechteri var. schlechteri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Base of Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Cleistanthus schlechteri var. schlechteri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Base of Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Cleistanthus schlechteri var. schlechteri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Base of Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Cleistanthus holzii Pax
Cleistanthus johnsonii Hutch.
Securinega schlechteri Pax
Common names: Muti-usina-zita (Shona) Umzithi (Ndebele)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Deciduous shrub or small to medium-sized, often multi-stemmed tree. Bark dark grey to blackish-brown, rough, often cracked into a grid-like pattern. Leaves alternate, elliptic, 3-7 cm long, dark glossy green above, paler below; minute domatia present in the axils of the prominent lateral veins; petiole bent as if entering the leaf lamina from below. Flowers unisexual on the same tree, in axillary clusters, yellow-green, sweetly scented. Fruit 3-lobed, c. 10mm in diameter, hairless, yellow-green when ripe, splitting easily. See var. pubescens for comparison.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: schlechteri: named after Friedrich Schlechter (1872-1925), German Botanist and traveller.
Habitat: In open woodland or riverine forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 760 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 17 February 2016
Literature:

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 488.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 55.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 251.

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 41.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 8 - 9.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 268 - 269. as Cleistanthus slechteri (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 190 - 191. as Cleistanthus schlechteri (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (2013). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Second edition) Struik, South Africa Pages 238 - 239. (Includes a picture).


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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: Cleistanthus schlechteri var. schlechteri.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=134640, retrieved 1 July 2016

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