Cliffortia nitidula (Engl.) R.E. & T.C.E. Fr.

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Cliffortia nitidula

Photo: Bart Wursten
Dam 2, Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Cliffortia nitidula

Photo: Bart Wursten
Dam 2, Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Cliffortia nitidula

Photo: Bart Wursten
Dam 2, Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Cliffortia nitidula

Photo: Bart Wursten
Dam 2, Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Cliffortia nitidula

Photo: Bart Wursten
Dam 2, Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Cliffortia nitidula

Photo: Bart Wursten
Dam 2, Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Cliffortia nitidula

Photo: Bart Wursten
Dam 2, Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Cliffortia linearifolia Eckl. & Zeyh. var. nitidula Engl.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Much-branched ericoid shrub up to c. 2m tall. Leaves 3-foliolate, clustered on short lateral shoots; leaflets up to 9 mm long, stiff, shiny, hairless, with a reddish apical tip, oblanceolate but appearing linear as the margins are distinctly rolled under almost hiding the midrib. Flowers solitary, axillary, unisexual, yellowish; petals absent.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: nitidula: somewhat shiny
Habitat: Along streambanks and margins of forest and ericoid scrub, often on rocky slopes.
Altitude range: (metres) Above 1750 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Thursday 27 September 2018
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 237. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 248 - 249. Three species dealt with together. Distributions of C. nitidula and C. linearifolia have appear to have been mixed up.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 99.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 239.

Graham, R.A. (1960). Rosaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 41 - 42. (Includes a picture).

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 71.

Mendes, E.J. (1978). Rosaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 25 - 27. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 86.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 159.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 451. in synonym with C. linearifolia

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 98.


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Flora of Malawi: Cliffortia nitidula
Flora of Mozambique: Cliffortia nitidula
Flora of Zambia: Cliffortia nitidula

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


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: Cliffortia nitidula.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=125440, retrieved 17 November 2018

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