Wrightia natalensis Stapf

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Common names: Saddle-pod (English)
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized deciduous tree. Bark pale grey-brown fairly smooth to finely fissured, flaking; branches with pale lenticels, milky sap present. Leaves opposite, lanceolate up to 10 × 2.5 cm, light green, often drooping; margin entire. Flowers in branched heads, terminal, axillary or in the forks of branches; corolla creamy yellow, sweetly scented; calyx and stalks covered in rusty hairs. Fruit in pendulous paired very slender follicles, up to 32 × 1 cm, dark green with pale lenticels, dehiscent. Seeds with an apical tuft of long silk-like hairs
Derivation of specific name: natalensis: of Natal, South Africa
Habitat: In dry woodland and scrub forest, in sandy soils, often on hillsides.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:Aug - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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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 814. (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 27.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 270.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 171.

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985). Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 480 - 482. (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 19.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 23.

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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: Wrightia natalensis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145240, retrieved 24 April 2024

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