Ulmus parvifolia Jacq.

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Ulmus parvifolia

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Small Bridge Dam, Penhalonga.

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Common names: Chinese elm (English)
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
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Worldwide distribution: Native to China, Korea and Japan.
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Image last updated: Sunday 16 December 2012

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Ulmus parvifolia

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ulmus parvifolia
African Plant Database: Ulmus parvifolia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ulmus parvifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ulmus parvifolia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ulmus parvifolia
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iNaturalist: Ulmus parvifolia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ulmus parvifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Ulmus parvifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ulmus parvifolia
Plants of the World Online: Ulmus parvifolia
Tropicos: Ulmus parvifolia
Wikipedia: Ulmus parvifolia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Ulmus parvifolia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=164940, retrieved 17 June 2024

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