Pachypodium saundersii N.E. Br.

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Pachypodium saundersii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Chivirira Falls, Mahenye

Pachypodium saundersii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Chivirira Falls, Mahenye

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Synonyms:
Common names: Lundi star (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Low, succulent shrub, up to 2 m tall. Trunk short, swollen, sparsely branched; bark smooth, pale grey, wrinkled when dry; branches covered in long straight spines. Leaves spirally arranged up to 8 × 2.5 cm, narrowly obovate, thinly textured, hairless; apex mucronate; margin entire but wavy, often finely tuberculate. Flowers in condensed terminal heads, showy, c. 5 cm in diameter, white, often tinged pink or purple on the outside of the corolla. Fruit in pairs of horn-like follicles, up to 15 cm long. Seeds c. 7 mm long with an apical tuft of pale golden hairs up to 5 cm long.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: saundersii: named after Sir Charles James Renault Saunders (1857-1935), botanist who collected the first specimen in Natal, South Africa at the end of the 19th Century.
Habitat: In open, dry woodland among rocks.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 600 m
Flowering time:Feb - May
Worldwide distribution: Southern Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Northern province, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m, shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Images last updated: Sunday 2 November 2008
Literature:

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Pages 115 - 116. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 30 - 32. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 269.


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Flora of Mozambique: Pachypodium saundersii
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Pachypodium saundersii

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African Plant Database: Pachypodium saundersii
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Pachypodium saundersii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pachypodium saundersii
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Pachypodium saundersii
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Pachypodium saundersii
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Pachypodium saundersii
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pachypodium saundersii
Ispot Southern Africa : Pachypodium saundersii
JSTOR Plant Science: Pachypodium saundersii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pachypodium saundersii
Tropicos: Pachypodium saundersii
West African Plants database: Pachypodium saundersii


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: Pachypodium saundersii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145170, retrieved 27 May 2016

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