Maerua nervosa (Hochst.) Oliv.

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Maerua nervosa

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Bazaruto Island

Maerua nervosa

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Bazaruto Island

Maerua nervosa

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Bazaruto Island

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Synonyms: Maerua floribunda Sim
Niebuhria nervosa Hochst.
Common names: Sausage-bean bush-cherry (English) Vein-leaved bush-cherry (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree up to c. 3 m tall. Leaves trifoliolate with occasional simple leaves present; leaflets up to 6 × 3.5 cm, ovate-elliptic to obovate, thinly textured, rather shiny on both surfaces, hairless with prominent veins; apex with a hair-like tip; margin entire. Flowers in axillary clusters; sepals green with puberulous margins; petals present, very small, white; stamens 10-20, up to c. 2 cm long. Fruit oblong-ellipsoid, up to 3.5 × 2 cm, shiny reddish-yellow.
Derivation of specific name: nervosa: nerved, veined, referring to the conspicuous net-veining of the leaves.
Habitat: Mainly in coastal dune scrub and forest but recorded from Zimbabwe in hot and dry scrub.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 m (approx)
Flowering time:Jul - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Images last updated: Tuesday 20 August 2013

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

Wild, H. (1960). Capparaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 221.

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Flora of Mozambique: Maerua nervosa

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Maerua nervosa
African Plant Database: Maerua nervosa
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Maerua nervosa
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Maerua nervosa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Maerua nervosa
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Maerua nervosa
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Maerua nervosa
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Maerua nervosa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Maerua nervosa
Ispot Southern Africa: Maerua nervosa
JSTOR Plant Science: Maerua nervosa
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Maerua nervosa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Maerua nervosa
The Plant List (version 1.1): Maerua nervosa
Tropicos: Maerua nervosa

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: Maerua nervosa., retrieved 18 March 2018

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