Maerua parvifolia Pax

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Maerua parvifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tonorai Primary School, Birchenough Bridge, Save Valley.

Maerua parvifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tonorai Primary School, Birchenough Bridge, Save Valley.

Maerua parvifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tonorai Primary School, Birchenough Bridge, Save Valley.

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Synonyms: Maerua hirticaulis Gilg & Gilg-Ben.
Maerua legatii Burtt Davy
Common names: Dwarf bush-cherry (English)
Status: Native
Small woody shrub up to 2 m tall with stiff rigid branches. Leaves clustered on dwarf side shoots or occasionally also alternate, simple, obovate, up to 2 cm long, grey-green, leathery, hairy; margin entire. Flowers solitary or in pairs on the side shoots. Sepals green; petals present but very small, white; stamens 15-25, c. 1.5 cm long. Fruit bean-like, pendulous, c. 5 cm long, somewhat constricted between the seeds.
Notes: See M. buxifolia for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: parvifolia: with small leaves.
Habitat: Occurring in hot and dry woodland, often on termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1200 m
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Mpumalanga, Limpopo, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Saturday 31 January 2009

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 162. (Includes a picture).

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.

Wild, H. (1960). Capparaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 223 - 225. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Maerua parvifolia
Flora of Malawi: Maerua parvifolia
Flora of Mozambique: Maerua parvifolia
Flora of Zambia: Maerua parvifolia

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Maerua parvifolia., retrieved 21 May 2019

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