Maclura africana (Bureau) Corner

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Maclura africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Umvumvumvu R Br. by Mutare to Birchenough Br. rd

Maclura africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Umvumvumvu R Br. by Mutare to Birchenough Br. rd

Maclura africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Umvumvumvu R Br. by Mutare to Birchenough Br. rd

Maclura africana

Photo: Mark Hyde
North of Turgwe River, Humani Ranch

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Synonyms: Cardiogyne africana Bureau
Milicia spinosa Sim
Common names: African osage-orange (English) Thorny mulberry (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
A widely scrambling spiny shrub. Leaves spirally arranged, often on short, spine-tipped, lateral branchlets, elliptic, dark green, hairless. Flowers in small, dense axillary heads, white, unisexual, sexes on different plants. Fruit a small head of nutlets, each enveloped in the persistent perianth, grey to orange.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: africana: African
Habitat:
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Mar - May
Worldwide distribution: From southeastern Kenya to South Africa and Madagascar
Malawi distribution: C,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Literature:

Berg, C.C. (1991). Moraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Pages 18 - 21. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Burrows, S.M. (2003). Figs of Southern and South-Central Africa Umdaus Press, South Africa Pages 319 - 322. (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 73. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 38.

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 131.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 234. As Cardiogyne africana

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 63.

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 27. As Cardiogyne africana

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Flora of Mozambique: Maclura africana
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Maclura africana
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Maclura africana

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Maclura africana
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Maclura africana.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120140, retrieved 15 April 2024

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