Caesalpinia decapetala (Roth) Alston

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Caesalpinia decapetala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Domboshawa Rd, N of Harare

Caesalpinia decapetala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Domboshawa Rd, N of Harare

Caesalpinia decapetala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Mount Pleasant Business Park, Harare

Caesalpinia decapetala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Mount Pleasant Business Park, Harare

Caesalpinia decapetala

Photo: Mark Hyde
Cork Road, Harare

Caesalpinia decapetala

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mukuvisi Woodland

Caesalpinia decapetala

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mukuvisi Woodland

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Synonyms: Biancaea decapetala (Roth) O. Deg.
Reichardia decapetala Roth
Common names: Mauritius thorn (English)
Description: Climbing or straggling shrub. Stems and (2-pinnate) leaves armed with prickles. Petals 10-15 mm, pale yellow. Pod beaked, dehiscent along upper suture, oblong-elliptic, straight or slightly curved, flattened, pubescent.
Notes: Frequently planted as a hedge where it forms an unpleasant and impenetrable barrier. Could be confused with Pterolobium stellatum in leaf; see that species for further information.
Derivation of specific name: decapetala: with 10 petals (actually 5 in this species)
Flowering time:May - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Native of India and Sri Lanka
Growth form(s): Climber, liane.
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Image last updated: Sunday 3 September 2006
Literature:

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Pages 181 - 183. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 249. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 212.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 243.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 43.

Wild, H. (1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 51. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Caesalpinia decapetala
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Caesalpinia decapetala
Flora of Mozambique: Caesalpinia decapetala
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Caesalpinia decapetala
Flora of Zimbabwe: Caesalpinia decapetala

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Caesalpinia decapetala
African Plant Database: Caesalpinia decapetala
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Caesalpinia decapetala
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Caesalpinia decapetala
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Caesalpinia decapetala
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Caesalpinia decapetala
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Caesalpinia decapetala
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Caesalpinia decapetala
iNaturalist: Caesalpinia decapetala
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Caesalpinia decapetala
JSTOR Plant Science: Caesalpinia decapetala
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Caesalpinia decapetala
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Caesalpinia decapetala
Plants of the World Online: Caesalpinia decapetala
The Plant List (version 1.1): Caesalpinia decapetala
Tropicos: Caesalpinia decapetala
Wikipedia: Caesalpinia decapetala


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Caesalpinia decapetala.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=127210, retrieved 9 December 2019

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