Searsia lancea (L.f.) F.A. Barkley

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Searsia lancea

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Mukuvisi Woodland, office area

Searsia lancea

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Glenara Avenue North, Harare

Searsia lancea

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Slopes of Mt Belingwe

Searsia lancea

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Outside wall of Hellenic Junior School

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Synonyms: Rhus lancea L. f.
Common names: African sumac (English) Willow rhus (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Leaves 3-foliolate with narrowly lanceolate leaflets up to 12 cm long, dark green above and yellowish-green beneath, hairless, leathery, sometimes resinous; margin entire; petiole 3-4 cm long, slender and slightly grooved. Inflorescences in dense terminal sprays up to 9 cm long. flowers very small, pale greenish-yellow, sweetly scented. Fruit almost spherical but often slightly asymmetric, 4-5 mm long, dull yellow to shiny brown, sometimes sticky.
Derivation of specific name: lancea: lance-shaped.
Habitat: In woodland, on vlei margins and in riverine vegetation.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Apr - Jul
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Gonimbrasia belina (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Wednesday 4 July 2018

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 30.

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 573. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 35.

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 22.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 254.

Fernandes, R. & A. (1966). Anacardiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 206 - 207.

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 17.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 22.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 316 - 317. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 23.

Setshogo, M.P. & Venter, F. (2003). Trees of Botswana: names and distribution SABONET Report No. 18 Southern African Botanical Diversity Network, Pretoria Page 25. Also page 4-5 (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 39.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 402 - 403. (Includes a picture).

Other sources of information about Searsia lancea:

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Flora of Botswana: Searsia lancea
Flora of Zambia: Searsia lancea
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Searsia lancea

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Searsia lancea
African Plant Database: Searsia lancea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Searsia lancea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Searsia lancea
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Searsia lancea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Searsia lancea
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Searsia lancea
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Searsia lancea
iNaturalist: Searsia lancea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Searsia lancea
JSTOR Plant Science: Searsia lancea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Searsia lancea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Searsia lancea
Plants of the World Online: Searsia lancea
Tropicos: Searsia lancea
Wikipedia: Searsia lancea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Searsia lancea., retrieved 28 October 2020

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