Rhus lancea L.f.

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Rhus lancea

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Mukuvisi Woodland, office area

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Synonyms:
Common names: African sumac (English) Willow rhus (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small tree. Leaves 3-foliolate with narrowly lanceolate leaflets up to 12 cm long, dark green above and yellowish-green beneath, hairless, leathery, sometimes resinous; margin entire; petiole 3-4 cm long, slender and slightly grooved. Inflorescences in dense terminal sprays up to 9 cm long. flowers very small, pale greenish-yellow, sweetly scented. Fruit almost spherical but often slightly asymmetric, 4-5 mm long, dull yellow to shiny brown, sometimes sticky.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: lancea: lance-shaped.
Habitat: In woodland, on vlei margins and in riverine vegetation.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Apr - Jul
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Gonimbrasia belina (Larval foodplant)
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Literature:

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 573. (Includes a picture).

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 22.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 254.

Fernandes, R. & A. (1966). Anacardiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 206 - 207.

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 17.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 22.

Schmidt, E., L├Âtter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 316 - 317. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 23.

Setshogo, M.P. & Venter, F. (2003). Trees of Botswana: names and distribution SABONET Report No. 18 Southern African Botanical Diversity Network, Pretoria Page 25. Also page 4-5 (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 39.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 402 - 403. (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: Rhus lancea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=136700, retrieved 2 July 2016

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