Premna senensis Klotzsch

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Premna senensis

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Between Zambezi river and River Drive, Zambezi National Park.

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Synonyms:
Common names: Large-leaved skunk-bush (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Scrambling shrub or small bushy, soft-wooded tree with drooping branches. Leaves opposite or in whorls of 3, unpleasantly aromatic when crushed, broadly ovate to oblong, usually 6-9 cm long, pale green, leathery, velvety on both surfaces, margin coarsely and bluntly toothed in the apical parts. Flowers in small terminal heads; corolla c. 4 mm in diameter, white with spreading lobes. Fruit ovoid, 3-6 mm in diameter, fleshy, glandular with the persistent calyx ribbed.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: senensis: from Sena on the Zambezi River in Mozambique
Habitat: In riverine fringes, on termite mounds and dry rocky hillsides, sometimes forming thickets.
Altitude range: (metres) 200 - 1270 m
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Burundi, Caprivi - Namibia, DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 2 February 2016
Literature:

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

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 575.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 271.

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

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

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 79.

White, F. (1962). Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia Oxford Univ. Press.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Premna senensis
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West African Plants database: Premna senensis


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: Premna senensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=148860, retrieved 30 May 2016

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