Capparis viminea Hook. f. & Thomson ex Oliv.
var. viminea

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Synonyms: Capparis lilacina Gilg
Common names:
Status: Native
Scrambling shrub up to c. 3 m high, armed with sharp, paired hooked thorns. Branches smooth, green, hairless. Leaves elliptic or rhomboid, up to 5 × 2.5 cm, thinly textured, shiny above, hairless on both sides. Flowers solitary or in few-flowered clusters in the upper leaf axils. Sepals lilac or green, hairless except for bearded margins; petals cream, hairy on the outside. Stamens c. 6, up to c. 2 cm long.
Notes: Note: This taxon, mostly known from coastal areas, has been included on the basis of a number of records at SRGH (one from Mana Pools in division N, the remainder from the E Division).

Although C. viminea var. orthacantha (Gilg & Gilg-Ben.) De Wolf is listed in the Checklist of Zimbabwean Vascular Plants (Mapaura & Timberlake, 2004), no records for that variety were found.
Derivation of specific name: viminea: with long, flexible shoots
Habitat: Mostly known from coastal scrub, but also occurring in high rainfall woodland and evergreen forest.
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E
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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 154. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 12.

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. As Capparis viminea var. orthacantha (see note)

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

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Capparis viminea
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Capparis viminea
Plants of the World Online: Capparis viminea
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Wikipedia: Capparis viminea

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 viminea var. viminea., retrieved 15 April 2024

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