Sesamothamnus lugardii N.E. Br. ex Stapf

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Sesamothamnus lugardii

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Synonyms: Sesamothamnus seineri Engl.
Common names: Isibuywana (Ndebele) Sesame bush (English) Transvaal sesame bush (English)
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Description:
Multi-stemmed, succulent, spiny shrubs or small trees. Trunk swollen at base. Leaves obovate, alternate and petiolate on long shoots, sessile and fasciculate on short shoots; folded upwards along the mid rib, green above, much paler below, covered in short greyish hairs on both surfaces. Flowers solitary in the leaf axils, large, white, pink or cream. Corolla with long curved tube and with spur at base. Stamens 4. Fruit a flattened woody capsule, notched at the base. Seeds winged.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: lugardii: after EJ Lugard (1865-1944)
Habitat: in arid rocky scrub on calcareous soils.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: W,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 26 April 2006
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 273.

Ihlenfeldt, H.-D. (1988). Pedaliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(3) Pages 87 - 89. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 92.


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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: Sesamothamnus lugardii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=152510, retrieved 26 September 2016

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