Clutia swynnertonii S. Moore

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Clutia swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
At Parking area by path to Mtarazi Falls, Nyanga

Clutia swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
At Parking area by path to Mtarazi Falls, Nyanga

Clutia swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
At Parking area by path to Mtarazi Falls, Nyanga

Clutia swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
At Parking area by path to Mtarazi Falls, Nyanga

Clutia swynnertonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
At Parking area by path to Mtarazi Falls, Nyanga

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Synonyms:
Common names: Swynnerton's lightning-bush (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Much-branched shrub, up to c. 4 m. Leaves elliptic-(ob)lanceolate, up to 11 × 4.5 cm, dull green to bluish-green above, paler below, densely hairy on both surfaces, particularly when young; margin entire. Flowers in axillary clusters, yellowish, unisexual on different plants. Fruit round, c. 5 mm in diameter, pale green, pubescent.
Notes: This species is generally similar to Clutia hirsuta, which is a sparsely branched perennial herb, up to c. 1 m tall and never reaches shrub-like proportions.
Derivation of specific name: swynnertonii: named after Charles Francis Massey Swynnerton (1877-1938), well-known naturalist, who first recorded and collected many species of flora and fauna in and around the Chirinda Forest
Habitat: In sub-montane grassland, high rainfall woodland and forest margins, often in ericoid scrub.
Altitude range: (metres) 370 - 2130 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
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Images last updated: Wednesday 12 August 2015
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 253.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Page 131.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 86.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Clutia swynnertonii
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West African Plants database: Clutia swynnertonii


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: Clutia swynnertonii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=135640, retrieved 29 May 2016

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