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Maleme Dam Camp
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Maytenus heterophylla (Eckl. & Zeyh.) N. Robson subsp. puberula N. Robson
Matobo spike-thorn (English)
Description: Small slender tree, less than 3 m, armed with slender spines, up to 1 cm. Bark black, somewhat fissured; young branches reddish-brown, velvety. Leaves densely clustered on very short spur-branchlets, subsessile, oblanceolate, up to 2 cm long, green and hairless above, much paler, whitish-green and velvety below; margin entire. Flowers in small sparsely branched heads among the leaf clusters, white to cream. Fruit a capsule, c. 10 mm long, velvety.
Derivation of specific name:
matobensis: of the Matobo Hills in SW Zimbabwe.
Habitat: In fringing forests on granite.
Altitude range: (metres)
1100 - 1400 m
Flowering time: Mar - Jun
Worldwide distribution: Restricted to the Matobo hills and adjacent areas, occurring in fringing forests on granite.
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Saturday 14 June 2008
A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Drummond, R.B. (1975). Kirkia 10(1) Page 255. As Maytenus heterophylla puberula Comments
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Other sources of information about Gymnosporia matoboensis: External websites: African Plant Database
Gymnosporia matoboensis Biodiversity Explorer
(Biodiversity of southern Africa):
Gymnosporia matoboensis EOL
(Encyclopedia of Life):
Gymnosporia matoboensis ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Gymnosporia matoboensis Flora Zambesiaca
Gymnosporia matoboensis Google
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for
Gymnosporia matoboensis IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Gymnosporia matoboensis Ispot Southern Africa
Gymnosporia matoboensis JSTOR Plant Science
Gymnosporia matoboensis Kew Herbarium catalogue
Gymnosporia matoboensis Tropicos
Gymnosporia matoboensis West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Gymnosporia matoboensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=136950, retrieved 29 July 2016
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