Combretum padoides Engl. & Diels

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Combretum padoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road in Mahenya Village

Combretum padoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road in Mahenya Village

Combretum padoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road in Mahenya Village

Combretum padoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road in Mahenya Village

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Synonyms: Combretum giorgii De Wild. & Exell
Combretum homblei De Wild.
Combretum minutiflorum Exell
Combretum tenuipes Engl. & Diels
Common names: Thicket bushwillow (English)
Status: Native
Scrambling shrub. Leaves opposite or sub-opposite, elliptic or ovate, dull green above stippled with scales below, 6-8 pairs of lateral veins yellowish with hairs along the veins below, apex tapering to a point; margin entire, wavy. Flowers creamy-yellow, in loose, spikes up to 10 cm long. Fruit ovoid 1 × 1.5 cm long, 4-winged, pale yellow-green, drying to light brown.
Derivation of specific name: padoides: resembling a Padus sp. (Rosaceae)
Habitat: In dry woodland, along the fringes riverine thickets and on rocky hillsides.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E,S
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Images last updated: Saturday 31 January 2015

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 107 - 109.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 35.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 41.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 468 - 469. (Includes a picture).


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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 padoides., retrieved 23 October 2016

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