Maerua friesii Gilg & Gilg-Ben.

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Synonyms: Maerua monticola Gilg & Gilg-Ben.
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Status: Native
Evergreen climber or scrambling shrub. Branches blackish-puberulous. Leaves simple or trifoliolate on sterile branches; leaflets (narrowly) ovate, up to 10.5 × 4.5 cm, shiny green and hairless above except for the puberulous midrib, finely glandular hairy or hairless below with 5-6 pairs of prominent lateral veins; petiole 1-4 cm long in trifoliolate leaves, very short in simple leaves. Flowers in short axillary and terminal racemes, sometimes solitary in the upper axils; petals present, whitish, 3-5 mm long, puberulous on the margins and inside; stamens 50-60, up to 1.5-2 cm long. Fruit oblong-cylindric or ovoid, up to 1.5-3 cm long with 4 shallow ridges along the length and with minute bumps.
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Habitat: In semi-evergreen scrub, Baikiaea plurijuga woodland and patches of forest, often on termite mounds.
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C
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Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 238.

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) Pages 221 - 223. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Maerua friesii., retrieved 19 September 2021

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