Meiostemon tetrandrus (Exell) Exell & Stace
subsp. australis Exell

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Meiostemon tetrandrus subsp. australis

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

Meiostemon tetrandrus subsp. australis

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

Meiostemon tetrandrus subsp. australis

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

Meiostemon tetrandrus subsp. australis

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

Meiostemon tetrandrus subsp. australis

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

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Synonyms: Combretum tetrandrum Exell
Common names: False combretum (English) Sibota (Tonga: Zimbabwe)
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Multi-stemmed shrub or small tree up to c. 4.5 m tall. Leaves opposite, elliptic, up to 6 × 3 cm, thinly textured, finely hairy when young, hairless when mature; margin entire; petiole slender up to 5 mm long. Flowers in axillary spikes up to 9 cm long but mostly 2-5 cm long, greenish-yellow, sometimes tinged pink or brownish; stamens 4. Fruits 4-winged, 8-10 mm long, reddish-brown, drying to pale straw-coloured.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: tetrandrus: with 4 stamens.
Habitat: In dense deciduous thickets ('Jesse-bush'), occasionally on rocky 'koppies'.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1200 m
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W
Growth form(s):
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Images last updated: Saturday 3 December 2011
Literature:

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 813.

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 160 - 162. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Meiostemon tetrandrus subsp. australis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=142100, retrieved 12 December 2017

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