Gardenia volkensii K. Schum.
subsp. spatulifolia (Stapf & Hutch.) Verdc.

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Gardenia volkensii subsp. spatulifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Chivero, nr lake

Gardenia volkensii subsp. spatulifolia

Photo: Rob Burrett
Garden, Sims Rd, Mt Pleasant, Harare

Gardenia volkensii subsp. spatulifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Chivero, nr lake

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Synonyms: Gardenia spatulifolia Stapf & Hutch.
Common names: Common gardenia (English) Transvaal gardenia (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Usually a small, densely-branched deciduous tree. Leaves in whorls of 3 on short, rigid side branchlets, which look almost like blunt spines. Flowers solitary at the ends of the branchlets, white and showy but short lived, turning yellow when fading. Fruit greyish to pale brown, ellipsoid to almost spherical with shallow ribs and often covered in small wart-like lenticels.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: volkensii: after G. Volkens who collected on Mt Kilimanjaro 1892, 1893 and 1894
Habitat: On sandy soils in open deciduous woodland, riverine bush and on floodplains, often associated with termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres) 750 - 1510 m
Flowering time:Aug - Dec
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Content last updated: Tuesday 20 December 2005
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 202 - 203. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 103. as Gardenia volkensii (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Gardenia volkensii subsp. spatulifolia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=155380, retrieved 28 July 2014

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