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Description: Small to medium-sized deciduous tree. Bark pale grey-brown fairly smooth to finely fissured, flaking; branches with pale lenticels, milky sap present. Leaves opposite, lanceolate up to 10 × 2.5 cm, light green, often drooping; margin entire. Flowers in branched heads, terminal, axillary or in the forks of branches; corolla creamy yellow, sweetly scented; calyx and stalks covered in rusty hairs. Fruit in pendulous paired very slender follicles, up to 32 × 1 cm, dark green with pale lenticels, dehiscent. Seeds with an apical tuft of long silk-like hairs
Derivation of specific name:
natalensis: of Natal, South Africa
Habitat: In dry woodland and scrub forest, in sandy soils, often on hillsides.
Altitude range: (metres)
Up to 1000 m
Flowering time: Aug - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Growth form(s): Tree.
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 27.
A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Drummond, R.B. (1975). Kirkia 10(1) Page 270. Comments
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Other sources of information about Wrightia natalensis: Our websites: Flora of Mozambique
Wrightia natalensis External websites: African Plant Database
Wrightia natalensis Biodiversity Explorer
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Wrightia natalensis Flora Zambesiaca
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Wrightia natalensis Ispot Southern Africa
Wrightia natalensis JSTOR Plant Science
Wrightia natalensis Kew Herbarium catalogue
Wrightia natalensis Tropicos
Wrightia natalensis West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Wrightia natalensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145240, retrieved 26 June 2016
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