Casearia battiscombei R.E. Fr.

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Casearia battiscombei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Seldomseen, Vumba

Casearia battiscombei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Seldomseen, Vumba

Casearia battiscombei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Seldomseen, Vumba

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Common names: Forest sword-leaf (English)
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Large tree with typically horizontal or drooping branches. Leaves oblong, dark green, with many translucent streaks and dots, seen against the light; leaf base asymmetrical. Flowers in dense clusters along the branches, very small, greenish. Fruit an ellipsoid capsule, yellow, splitting into 2-4 valves, revealing orange seeds.
Derivation of specific name: battiscombei: after Edward Battiscombe (1874-1971), botanical author, plant collector in Kenya and Tanzania and Conservator of Forests for the British East African Protectorate.
Habitat: In evergreen forest
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Oct
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Images last updated: Tuesday 28 March 2006

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 173. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 629. (Includes a picture).

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 74.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 18.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 261.

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 53. Under Flacourtiaceae

Wild, H. (1960). Flacourtiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 294 - 295. (Includes a picture).

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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: Casearia battiscombei., retrieved 24 May 2024

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