Ziziphus zeyheriana Sond.

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Ziziphus zeyheriana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

Ziziphus zeyheriana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

Ziziphus zeyheriana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park, Harare

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Common names: Dwarf buffalo-thorn (English)
Status: Native
Shrublet, up to 50 cm, with erect annual stems growing from a creeping rhizome. Leaves ovate, 3-veined from the base; margins finely serrate. Stipules in the form of opposite spines, usually on straight, one hooked. Flowers in small axillary clusters, greenish-yellow. Fruits up to 8 mm in diameter.
Derivation of specific name:
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1560 m
Flowering time:Oct-Nov
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Tarucus sybaris sybaris (Food plant)
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 38. As Ziziphus zeyherana

Drummond, R.B. (1966). Rhamnaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 421 - 423. As Ziziphus zeyherana (Includes a picture).

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 70. As Ziziphus zeyherana

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 96.

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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: Ziziphus zeyheriana.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137690, retrieved 20 May 2024

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