Ziziphus abyssinica Hochst. ex A. Rich.

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Ziziphus abyssinica

Photo: Patricia Bingham

Ziziphus abyssinica

Photo: Patricia Bingham

Ziziphus abyssinica

Photo: Patricia Bingham

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Common names: Large jujube (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree, armed with distinct opposite pairs of hooked and near-straight spines. Leaves ovate, tomentose beneath, markedly asymmetric at the base, 3-5-veined from the base, the veins impressed above; margin finely toothed. Flowers in dense axillary clusters, small, yellowish. Fruit a spherical drupe c. 3 cm, shiny red or reddish-brown when ripe, edible.
Notes: Note: this species is very similar to the common Ziziphus mucronata. It can be distinguished by the Clearly impressed veins, above; the consistently tomentose leaves below; and the larger fruits. See also the introduced Z. mauritiana for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: abyssinica: of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
Habitat: In open woodland and along riverbanks.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: From Senegal to Ethiopia, southwards to Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Tarucus sybaris sybaris (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Tuesday 6 February 2007


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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ziziphus abyssinica
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Ziziphus abyssinica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ziziphus abyssinica
Ispot Southern Africa : Ziziphus abyssinica
JSTOR Plant Science: Ziziphus abyssinica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ziziphus abyssinica
Tropicos: Ziziphus abyssinica
West African Plants database: Ziziphus abyssinica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-15

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ziziphus abyssinica.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137640, retrieved 7 July 2015

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