Combretum mossambicense (Klotzsch) Engl.

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Combretum mossambicense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Big Tree, Victoria Falls

Combretum mossambicense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Big Tree, Victoria Falls

Combretum mossambicense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Big Tree, Victoria Falls

Combretum mossambicense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Big Tree, Victoria Falls

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Synonyms: Combretum armatum Phillips
Combretum cataractarum Diels
Combretum detinens Dinter
Common names: Knobbly bushwillow (English) Marorwe (Shona) Mubondorokoto (Shona) Shaving-brush combretum (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Usually a deciduous scrambling shrub with long trailing branches. Leaves opposite, simple, elliptic, finely hairy when young; margins entire but wavy. The persistent petioles often harden into strong, blunt spines after the leaves have fallen. Flowers normally appear before the leaves, in showy, dense axillary heads, white with the long stamens bearing conspicuous orange anthers. Fruit usually 5-winged, pale straw-coloured.
Derivation of specific name: mossambicense: of Mozambique
Habitat: On kopjes and termite mounds in hot dry areas, often on the outer fringes of riverine thickets.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1200 m
Flowering time:Aug - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and northern Cape, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Climber, tree, liane, shrub over 2 m.
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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 807.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 482 - 483. (Includes a picture).

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Exell, A.W. (1978). Combretaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 156 - 157.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 276 - 277. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 360. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 50. (Includes a picture).

Roodt, V. (1998). Trees and Shrubs of the Okavango Delta Shell Field Guide Series: Part I Shell Oil Botswana, Gaberone. Pages 106 - 107. (Includes a picture).

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 466 - 467. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 47.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 204.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 334 - 335. (Includes a picture).

Other sources of information about Combretum mossambicense:

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Flora of Botswana: Combretum mossambicense
Flora of Caprivi: Combretum mossambicense
Flora of Malawi: Combretum mossambicense
Flora of Mozambique: Combretum mossambicense
Flora of Zambia: Combretum mossambicense

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Combretum mossambicense
African Plant Database: Combretum mossambicense
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Combretum mossambicense
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Combretum mossambicense
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Combretum mossambicense
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Combretum mossambicense
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Combretum mossambicense
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Combretum mossambicense
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Combretum mossambicense
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Combretum mossambicense
Ispot Southern Africa: Combretum mossambicense
JSTOR Plant Science: Combretum mossambicense
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Combretum mossambicense
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Combretum mossambicense
The Plant List (version 1.1): Combretum mossambicense
Tropicos: Combretum mossambicense

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Combretum mossambicense., retrieved 26 April 2018

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