Salacia leptoclada Tul.

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Salacia leptoclada

Photo: Bart Wursten
Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community, lower slopes Chimanimani Mts

Salacia leptoclada

Photo: Bart Wursten
Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community, lower slopes Chimanimani Mts

Salacia leptoclada

Photo: Bart Wursten
Magorogodo hills, Zomba Community, lower slopes Chimanimani Mts

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Synonyms: Salacia baumannii Loes.
Salacia wardii Verdoorn
Common names: Sand lemon-rope (English)
Frequency: Rare in Zimbabwe
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree but often a liane. Stems hairless, with paired raised lines when young, purple-brown and sometimes with raised lenticels when older. Leaves mostly opposite, sometimes alternate on climbing shoots, lanceolate, oblong-lanceolate to ovate, 5-12 cm long, glossy dark green above, paler beneath; margin entire to shallowly, bluntly toothed; petiole 3-8 mm long. Stipules absent. Flowers in axillary clusters on pedicels 3-10 mm long, bisexual; petals 2-3 mm long, oblong-elliptic, yellow to greenish-yellow; disk convex-cylindric, greenish-yellow; stamens 3; style narrowly pyramidal. Fruit, globose, 1.2-3 cm in diameter, smooth, orange to orange-red when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: leptoclada: thin-stemmed or -branched
Habitat: In evergreen and deciduous forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 915 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Also in Madagascar and Comoro Islands.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Endangered
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 513. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 634.

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 44.

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

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 34.

Robson, N.K.B. (1966). Celastraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Page 397. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Salacia leptoclada
African Plant Database: Salacia leptoclada
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Salacia leptoclada
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Salacia leptoclada
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Salacia leptoclada
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Salacia leptoclada
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JSTOR Plant Science: Salacia leptoclada
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Salacia leptoclada
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Salacia leptoclada
The Plant List (version 1.1): Salacia leptoclada
Tropicos: Salacia leptoclada

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Salacia leptoclada., retrieved 22 April 2019

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