Gymnosporia matoboensis Jordaan

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Gymnosporia matoboensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp

Gymnosporia matoboensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam Camp

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Synonyms: Maytenus heterophylla (Eckl. & Zeyh.) N. Robson subsp. puberula N. Robson
Common names: Matobo spike-thorn (English)
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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.
Notes:
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.
Zimbabwe distribution: W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Images last updated: Saturday 14 June 2008
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 255. As Maytenus heterophylla puberula

Robson, N.K.B. (1966). Celastraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 364 - 367. As Maytenus heterophylla puberula


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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 web site: Gymnosporia matoboensis
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GRIN (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: Gymnosporia matoboensis


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: Gymnosporia matoboensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=136950, retrieved 1 October 2016

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