Wrightia natalensis Stapf

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Common names: Saddle-pod (English)
Status: Native
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.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 270.

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985). Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 480 - 482. (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: Wrightia natalensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145240, retrieved 24 October 2016

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