Acridocarpus natalitius A. Juss.
var. natalitius

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Common names:
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree, up to 5 m, sometimes scrambling or climbing. Leaf lamina 7-12 × 0.5 - 4.5 cm, oblong, oblanceolate or oblong-obovate (var. natalitius) with usually 2(-4) glands at the very base beneath, usually glabrous on both surfaces; base cuneate, rarely rounded. Petiole 2-10 mm, stout, channelled. Inflorescences of many-flowered, pyramidal racemes. Bracts up to 5 mm long, subulate; bracteoles subulate, eglandular. Sepals broadly ovate to ovate, the 2 anterior ones usually with 2 glands near the edges. Petals 10-15 mm long, subcircular, unguiculate, yellowish, ± lacerate. Wing of the samara up to 2.8 cm long, oblique-ovate.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Forest edges and in clearings, on rocky shallow red clay soils
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Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status:
Red data list status: Critically Endangered
Insects associated with this species: Coeliades pisistratus (Larval foodplant)
Coeliades lorenzo (l)
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Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Pages 97 - 98. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 931. (Includes a picture).

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 166. As Acridocarpus natalitius

Launert, E. (1963). Malpighiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 110 - 111.

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 60.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Acridocarpus natalitius
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Acridocarpus natalitius var. natalitius., retrieved 28 November 2023

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