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Small Bridge Dam, Penhalonga.
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Chinese elm (English)
Frequency: Rare as an escape
Description: Shrub or small tree with slender branches forming a wide spreading crown. Bark mottled grey, green and orange cracking in small jigsaw-like pieces showing an orange-red layer underneath; small branches distinctly zigzag, brown with orange lenticels, slightly pubescent. Leaves alternate, 2-6 cm long, elliptic to broadly lanceolate, single-veined from an asymmetric base, shiny dark green above, much paler beneath; margin toothed. Flowers in small axillary clusters, inconspicuous, pale green, unisexual on the same tree. Fruit almost round but flattend, 1-1.5 cm long, winged, notched at the apex, pale reddish-brown.
Notes: Fairly common as a planted tree in gardens and along streets. So far only known as a naturalised species in Zimbabwe from a single record.
Derivation of specific name:
parvifolia: with small leaves
Altitude range: (metres)
1545 m (approx)
Worldwide distribution: Native to China, Korea and Japan.
Growth form(s): Tree.
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Display spot characters for this species
Images last updated: Sunday 16 December 2012
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Other sources of information about Ulmus parvifolia: Our websites: Flora of Zimbabwe
cultivated Ulmus parvifolia External websites: African Plants: A Photo Guide
Ulmus parvifolia African Plant Database
Ulmus parvifolia Biodiversity Explorer
(Biodiversity of southern Africa):
Ulmus parvifolia BHL
(Biodiversity Heritage Library):
Ulmus parvifolia EOL
(Encyclopedia of Life):
Ulmus parvifolia ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Ulmus parvifolia Flora Zambesiaca
Ulmus parvifolia GBIF
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Ulmus parvifolia Google
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Ulmus parvifolia IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Ulmus parvifolia Ispot Southern Africa
Ulmus parvifolia JSTOR Plant Science
Ulmus parvifolia Kew Herbarium catalogue
Ulmus parvifolia Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
Ulmus parvifolia The Plant List (version 1.1)
Ulmus parvifolia Tropicos
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ulmus parvifolia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=164940, retrieved 21 February 2017
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