Gymnosporia putterlickioides Loes.

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Gymnosporia putterlickioides

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Catapú, Via Mpingwe, 50 m from old entrance, opposite Lodge 25, E side

Gymnosporia putterlickioides

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Catapú, Via Mpingwe, 50 m from old entrance, opposite Lodge 25, E side

Gymnosporia putterlickioides

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Catapú, Via Mpingwe, 50 m from old entrance, opposite Lodge 25, E side

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Synonyms: Maytenus putterlickioides (Loes.) Exell & Mendonça
Common names: Large-flowered spike-thorn (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or rarely a small, multi-stemmed tree, armed with strong straight thorns, up to 8 cm. Leaves in fascicles, often on the spines, elliptic to obovate, 1-5 cm long, softly textured and finely hairy, Midrib raised on both surfaces; margin shallowly crenate. Flowers in axillary clusters, often on the spines, white or cream, c. 1 cm in diameter. Fruit 3-lobed, c. 5 mm in diameter, persistent styles forming 3 points, orange-pink, dehiscent.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: putterlickioides: like a Putterlickia sp.
Habitat: In dry deciduous woodland, often on termite mounds, sometimes forming impenetrable thickets.
Altitude range: (metres) 200 - 1600 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Thursday 26 December 2013
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 putterlickioides

Robson, N.K.B. (1966). Celastraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 361 - 362. As Maytenus putterlickioides


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African Plant Database: Gymnosporia putterlickioides
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Gymnosporia putterlickioides
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Gymnosporia putterlickioides
Ispot Southern Africa : Gymnosporia putterlickioides
JSTOR Plant Science: Gymnosporia putterlickioides
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Gymnosporia putterlickioides
Tropicos: Gymnosporia putterlickioides
West African Plants database: Gymnosporia putterlickioides


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 putterlickioides.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=136990, retrieved 7 December 2016

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