Pachypodium saundersii N.E. Br.

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Pachypodium saundersii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Chivirira Falls, Mahenye

Pachypodium saundersii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Chivirira Falls, Mahenye

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Common names: Lundi star (English) Runde star (English)
Description: Low, succulent shrub, up to 2 m tall. Trunk short, swollen, sparsely branched; bark smooth, pale grey, wrinkled when dry; branches covered in long straight spines. Leaves spirally arranged up to 8 × 2.5 cm, narrowly obovate, thinly textured, hairless; apex mucronate; margin entire but wavy, often finely tuberculate. Flowers in condensed terminal heads, showy, c. 5 cm in diameter, white, often tinged pink or purple on the outside of the corolla. Fruit in pairs of horn-like follicles, up to 15 cm long. Seeds c. 7 mm long with an apical tuft of pale golden hairs up to 5 cm long.
Derivation of specific name: saundersii: named after Sir Charles James Renault Saunders (1857-1935), botanist who collected the first specimen in Natal, South Africa at the end of the 19th Century.
Flowering time:Feb - May
Worldwide distribution: Southern Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Northern province, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m, shrub under 2 m.
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Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Pages 115 - 116. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 30 - 32. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 269.

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985). Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 463 - 464. (Includes a picture).

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 19.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pachypodium saundersii
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pachypodium saundersii
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Pachypodium saundersii
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pachypodium saundersii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pachypodium saundersii
The Plant List (version 1.1): Pachypodium saundersii
Tropicos: Pachypodium saundersii

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: Pachypodium saundersii., retrieved 24 May 2019

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