Clutia abyssinica Jaub. & Spach.
var. abyssinica

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Clutia abyssinica var. abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Game Reserve, Vumba.

Clutia abyssinica var. abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Game Reserve, Vumba.

Clutia abyssinica var. abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Game Reserve, Vumba.

Clutia abyssinica var. abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Game Reserve, Vumba.

Clutia abyssinica var. abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Game Reserve, Vumba.

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Synonyms: Clutia glabrescens Knauf ex Pax
Common names: Large, or Smooth-fruited lightning-bush (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or rarely a small tree, up to c. 4 m. Leaves ovate to elliptic-lanceolate, up to 16 cm long, fairly thinly textured, light green above, somewhat blue-green below, mostly hairless (in var. abyssinica), some orange-red leaves often present; margin entire. Flowers in axillary clusters, small, yellowish to greenish, unisexual on different trees. Fruit c. 5 mm in diameter, almost round, almost hairless, pale green with whitish pustules. This variety has hairless or almost hairless stems and leaves.
Notes: See var. pedicellaris for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: abyssinica: of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
Habitat: In clearings and along margins of evergreen forest, riverine forest and high rainfall woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 300 - 2300 m
Flowering time:Mar - Jul
Worldwide distribution: Sudan and Somalia southwards to Angola and South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal).
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Saturday 30 August 2008
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 144. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 252. As Clutia abyssinica

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 125 - 127. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 85.


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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: Clutia abyssinica var. abyssinica.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=135540, retrieved 18 November 2017

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