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

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Synonyms: Cliffortia linearifolia Eckl. & Zeyh. var. nitidula Engl.
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Status: Native
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.
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.
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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).

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).

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

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

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Flora of Malawi: Cliffortia nitidula
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cliffortia nitidula
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Cliffortia nitidula
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cliffortia nitidula
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cliffortia nitidula
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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., retrieved 24 September 2018

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