Maytenus undata (Thunb.) Blakelock

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Maytenus undata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Gardiner Farm, nr Arcturus

Maytenus undata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Gardiner Farm, nr Arcturus

Maytenus undata

Photo: David Hartung
Umwinsi River

Maytenus undata

Photo: David Hartung
Umwinsi River

Maytenus undata

Photo: Michelle Harvey-Hyde
Near summit of Hill Complex, Great Zimbabwe

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Synonyms: Celastrus undatus Thunb.
Common names: Iqayi emhlope (Ndebele) Koko tree (English)
Status: Native
Multi-stemmed shrub or small unarmed tree. Bark grey-brown, smooth to finely fissured, flaking to reveal pinkish under bark. Leaves alternate, variable, ovate, elliptic-oblong to almost round, up to 13 × 9 cm, pale to dark green, paler below, somewhat leathery; margin more or less distinctly gland-toothed. The leaves typically show a whitish line when folded up (image 2). Flowers in small axillary clusters, pale greenish-yellow. Fruit a 3-lobed capsule, c. 5-7 mm in diameter, yellow to reddish-brown when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: undata: wavy
Habitat: Along the margins of forest, in woodland and on rocky hillsides, often among boulders and on termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres) 200 - 2100 m
Flowering time:Sep - May
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Africa, Madagascar and the Comoro Islands.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 16 March 2014

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Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 25.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 255.

Robson, N.K.B. (1966). Celastraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 371 - 373.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 46.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 67.

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

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: Maytenus undata., retrieved 12 December 2018

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