Salacia leptoclada Tul.

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Salacia leptoclada

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along footpath on slope to Magorogodo

Salacia leptoclada

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along footpath on slope to Magorogodo

Salacia leptoclada

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along footpath on slope to Magorogodo

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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
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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).

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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.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 165.

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
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Salacia leptoclada., retrieved 29 May 2024

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