Capparis fascicularis DC.
var. fascicularis

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Capparis fascicularis var. fascicularis

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Synonyms: Capparis rudatisii Gilg & Gilg-Ben.
Common names: Zizag caper-bush (English)
Status: Native
Scrambling shrub or woody climber, armed with sharp, paired hooked thorns. Branches often distinctly zigzag, densely covered in rusty hairs, particularly when young. Leaves (narrowly) elliptic-oblong to oblanceolate, up to 6 cm long, leathery, rounded and often emarginate at the apex, sparsely pubescent or almost hairless. Flowers on leafless side branchlets, resembling spikes or racemes. Sepals densely rusty hairy on the outside; petals whitish. Stamens c. 8, up to 1 cm long. Fruit spherical, 6-15 mm in diameter, purple-black when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: fascicularis: clustered, referring to the clustered flowers.
Habitat: Occurring in dry deciduous woodland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Jul - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Eswatini, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: S
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 152. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 237.

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 32.

Wild, H. (1960). Capparaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 239. As Capparis rudatisii

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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: Species information: Capparis fascicularis var. fascicularis., retrieved 30 May 2024

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