Gymnosporia matoboensis Jordaan

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Gymnosporia matoboensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp

Gymnosporia matoboensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp

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Synonyms: Maytenus heterophylla (Eckl. & Zeyh.) N. Robson subsp. puberula N. Robson
Common names: Matobo spike-thorn (English)
Small slender tree, less than 3 m, armed with slender spines, up to 1 cm. Bark black, somewhat fissured; young branches reddish-brown, velvety. Leaves densely clustered on very short spur-branchlets, subsessile, oblanceolate, up to 2 cm long, green and hairless above, much paler, whitish-green and velvety below; margin entire. Flowers in small sparsely branched heads among the leaf clusters, white to cream. Fruit a capsule, c. 10 mm long, velvety.
Derivation of specific name: matobensis: of the Matobo Hills in SW Zimbabwe.
Habitat: In fringing forests on granite.
Altitude range: (metres) 1100 - 1400 m
Flowering time:Mar - Jun
Worldwide distribution: Restricted to the Matobo hills and adjacent areas, occurring in fringing forests on granite.
Zimbabwe distribution: W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 255. As Maytenus heterophylla puberula

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 172. As Maytenus heterophylla subsp. puberula

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 136. As Maytenus heterophylla subsp. puberula

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 33.

Robson, N.K.B. (1966). Celastraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 364 - 367. As Maytenus heterophylla puberula

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Gymnosporia matoboensis
African Plant Database: Gymnosporia matoboensis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Gymnosporia matoboensis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Gymnosporia matoboensis
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Gymnosporia matoboensis
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Gymnosporia matoboensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Gymnosporia matoboensis
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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: Gymnosporia matoboensis., retrieved 27 November 2020

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