Tara spinosa (Molina) Britton & Rose

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Tara spinosa

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Larmenier, Harare

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Synonyms: Caesalpinia spinosa (Molina) Kuntze
Coulteria tinctoria (Molina) Kunth
Poinciana spinosa Molina
Common names: Tara (English)
Description: Shrub or small tree, to 5 m. Trunk and branches armed with prickles. Leaves 2-pinnate, prickly; petiole and rhachis without glands; pinnae 1-4 pairs; leaflets 4-7 pairs per pinna, oblong-elliptic. Flowers yellow, borne in 10-20 cm long racemes. Sepals 5, the lowermost larger and with pectinate fimbriae. Petals 5, up to 1 cm long. Pods pinkish-brown to red, oblong, thick, indehiscent.
Notes: Apparently rarely cultivated in Zimbabwe
Derivation of specific name: spinosa: bearing spines (prickles)
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Worldwide distribution: Distribution as for the genus
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Image last updated: Saturday 24 September 2011

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Tara spinosa.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=169710, retrieved 7 December 2023

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