Margaritaria discoidea (Baill.) G.L. Webster
var. nitida (odd growth form) (Pax) Radcl.-Sm.

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Margaritaria discoidea var. nitida (odd growth form)

Photo: Mark Hyde
Christon Bank

Margaritaria discoidea var. nitida (odd growth form)

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

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Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
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Notes: This particularly strange and atypical growth form is not considered taxonomically distinct but deserves special attention. It is found in shallow soil on rock and in crevices on granite outcrops in Zimbabwe. This form is characterised by a shrub-like habit with 1-several stiffly erect branches, which are surrounded at the base by many shorter semi prostrate branches, spreading carpet- or cushion-like over the surrounding rock.
Derivation of specific name: discoidea: disc-like;
nitida: glossy, shining
Habitat: On granite kopjes.
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Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: C,S
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Images last updated: Monday 26 March 2012

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Margaritaria discoidea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Margaritaria discoidea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Margaritaria discoidea
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Margaritaria discoidea
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iNaturalist: Margaritaria discoidea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Margaritaria discoidea
JSTOR Plant Science: Margaritaria discoidea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Margaritaria discoidea
Plants of the World Online: Margaritaria discoidea
Tropicos: Margaritaria discoidea
Wikipedia: Margaritaria discoidea

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: Margaritaria discoidea var. nitida (odd growth form)., retrieved 19 May 2024

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