Gymnosporia mossambicensis (Klotzsch) Loes.
subsp. mossambicensis

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Gymnosporia mossambicensis subsp. mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndzou Camp, Moribane Forest

Gymnosporia mossambicensis subsp. mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndzou Camp, Moribane Forest

Gymnosporia mossambicensis subsp. mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndzou Camp, Moribane Forest

Gymnosporia mossambicensis subsp. mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndzou Camp, Moribane Forest

Gymnosporia mossambicensis subsp. mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndzou Camp, Moribane Forest

Gymnosporia mossambicensis subsp. mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndzou Camp, Moribane Forest

Gymnosporia mossambicensis subsp. mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndzou Camp, Moribane Forest

Gymnosporia mossambicensis subsp. mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Moribane Forest

Gymnosporia mossambicensis subsp. mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Moribane Forest

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Synonyms: Celastrus concinnus N.E. Br.
Celastrus huillensis sensu Steedman
Celastrus mossambicensis Klotzsch
Maytenus mossambicensis (Klotzsch) Blakelock var. mossambicensis
Common names: Long-spined maytenus (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Multi-stemmed shrub, armed or with straight spines up to 8 cm long. Branches reddish-brown, with pale lenticels when young. Leaves green, up to c. 5 × 2.5 cm, ovate-lanceolate, ovate to almost round, hairless; margins irregularly crenate-dentate; stipules triangular, small and inconspicuous. Inflorescences lax, axillary, branched, usually much longer than the leaves. Flowers white. Fruit a semi-fleshy, 3-lobed capsule, pendulous on a long stalk, greenish-white to reddish brown or carmine when ripe.
Notes: This species is superficially similar to G. harveyana with which it has long been considered conspecific. It is however fairly easily distinguished by the much more lax and longer inflorescences which are usually much longer than the leaves; the absence of conspicuous thread-like stipules and the almost 3-sided fruits.
Derivation of specific name: mossambicensis: of Mozambique
Habitat: in thickets, Brachystegia and mixed woodland and along the margins of low-altitude forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:most of the year
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
Growth form(s):
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Literature:

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & White, F. (1990). New and noteworthy plants from the evergreen forests of Malawi Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 60(1/2) Page 76. as Maytenus mossambicensis

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

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 41. as Celastrus huillensis (Includes a picture).


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Flora of Malawi: Gymnosporia mossambicensis subsp. mossambicensis
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Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Gymnosporia mossambicensis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Gymnosporia mossambicensis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Gymnosporia mossambicensis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Gymnosporia mossambicensis
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Gymnosporia mossambicensis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Gymnosporia mossambicensis
Ispot Southern Africa : Gymnosporia mossambicensis
JSTOR Plant Science: Gymnosporia mossambicensis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Gymnosporia mossambicensis
Tropicos: Gymnosporia mossambicensis
West African Plants database: Gymnosporia mossambicensis


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 mossambicensis subsp. mossambicensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=136960, retrieved 27 August 2016

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