Combretum obovatum F. Hoffm.

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Combretum obovatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ruia River crossing, Kariba

Combretum obovatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ruia River crossing, Kariba

Combretum obovatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ruia River crossing, Kariba

Combretum obovatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Combretum obovatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

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Synonyms: Combretum lasiocarpum sensu Exell & Garcia
Common names: Mtombololo (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Spiny white-leaved bushwillow (English)
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Description:
Usually a semi-evergreen scrambling shrub with long trailing branches. Branches often armed with blunt spines, formed by the hardened remains of old petioles. Leaves opposite, rarely 3-whorled, obovate to obovate-oblong, usually up to 7 cm long, dull green and hairless above, much paler and densely velvety below; margin entire. Showy bract-like silvery-white leaves subtend the inflorescences. Flowers in dense spherical axillary heads, dark brown with long white stamens, subtended by the white leaves. Fruit usually 5-winged, 3-3.5 cm long, hairy with very corrugated wings, pale straw-coloured when dry.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: obovatum: with obovate leaves
Habitat: Often forming thickets in riverine scrub and along the base of escarpments.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N
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Images last updated: Monday 31 May 2010
Literature:

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 808.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 263.

Exell, A.W. (1978). Combretaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 147 - 148.


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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: Combretum obovatum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=141990, retrieved 30 May 2016

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