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Three-leaved rhigozum (English)
Description: Shrub or multi-stemmed small tree up to c. 4 m tall. Branches rigid greyish, armed with short spines. Leaves in clusters on small woolly spurs, usually 3-foliolate; leaflets obovate-oblong, 4-19 mm long, grey-green; apex rounded to notched; margin entire, rolled under. Flowers appearing with the leaves, showy, bright yellow, up to 3.5 cm in diameter, petals wrinkled along the edges, in 1-3-flowered clusters among the leaves. Fruit a flattened slender capsule, up to 7 × 1 cm, pale brown with a sharply pointed tip, dehiscent.
Derivation of specific name:
obovatum: with obovate leaves
Habitat: In dry rocky areas, often on basalt soils or granite sands.
Altitude range: (metres)
150 - 1400 m
Flowering time: Sep - Nov (and at other times following sudden rain)
Worldwide distribution: Namibia, Zimbabwe, Northern and Eastern Cape, Free State and Limpopo, South Africa.
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 31 January 2009
Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 118, plates 158 & 159 Comments
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Other sources of information about Rhigozum obovatum: External websites: African Plant Database
Rhigozum obovatum Biodiversity Explorer
(Biodiversity of southern Africa):
Rhigozum obovatum EOL
(Encyclopedia of Life):
Rhigozum obovatum ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Rhigozum obovatum Flora Zambesiaca
Rhigozum obovatum Google
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for
Rhigozum obovatum IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Rhigozum obovatum Ispot Southern Africa
Rhigozum obovatum JSTOR Plant Science
Rhigozum obovatum Kew Herbarium catalogue
Rhigozum obovatum Tropicos
Rhigozum obovatum 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: Rhigozum obovatum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=152360, retrieved 29 May 2016
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