Cadaba termitaria N.E. Br.

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Cadaba termitaria

Photo: John Laing
Mahenye Village

Cadaba termitaria

Photo: John Laing
Mahenye Village

Cadaba termitaria

Photo: John Laing
Mahenye Village

Cadaba termitaria

Photo: John Laing
Mahenye Village

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Synonyms: Cadaba macropoda Gilg
Common names: Grey-leaved wormbush (English)
Status: Native
Large shrub, sometimes straggling, up to c. 3 m tall. Bark blackish; young branches covered in lenticels and minute grey scales. Leaves spirally arranged or clustered on dwarf spur branchlets elliptic to obovate, up to 20 × 7 mm, grey-green, covered in minute grey scales on both surfaces; apex rounded or notched, often bristle-tipped. Flowers solitary or in clusters on the spurs, green to pinkish; petals absent; stamens and style on a long stalk, called the andogynophore. Fruit narrowly cylindric, worm-like, up to c. 90 × 5 mm, dark green, covered in greyish scales. Seeds embedded in an orange-red powdery pulp.
Derivation of specific name: termitaria: occurring on termite mounds
Habitat: Occurring in dry woodland, mostly on termite mounds
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North-West Province, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Images last updated: Wednesday 29 October 2014

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 231 - 232.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 238.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 44.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 202.

Wild, H. (1960). Capparaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 208 - 209. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cadaba termitaria., retrieved 19 February 2018

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