Capparis sepiaria L.
var. subglabra (Oliv.) DeWolf

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Capparis sepiaria var. subglabra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Odzani R. bridge

Capparis sepiaria var. subglabra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Odzani R. bridge

Capparis sepiaria var. subglabra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Odzani R. bridge

Capparis sepiaria var. subglabra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Odzani R. bridge

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Synonyms: Capparis citrifolia sensu Arwidss.
Capparis corymbosa sensu Oliv.
Common names: Hedge caper-bush (English)
Status: Native
Scrambling shrub, armed with sharp, paired, hooked thorns. Young stems greenish with short hairs, mostly hairless when older. Leaves usually alternate, sometimes clustered on dwarf lateral shoots, broadly elliptic, 1.5-4.5 cm, sparsely hairy or hairless; apex rounded, often notched; margins entire. Flowers in clusters on short lateral branchlets, white or cream, c. 1.5 cm in diameter. Fruit spherical, 6-15 mm in diameter, fleshy, purple-black when ripe. Stalk-like gynophore 12-15 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: sepiaria: hedge-forming;
subglabra: almost without hairs, possibly to referring to the sepals.
Habitat: In dry deciduous woodland and thicket, sometimes in riverine fringes.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, just entering ne South Africa. Also in India and Sri Lanka.
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Colotis antevippe gavisa (Food plant)
Eronia leda (Larval food plant)
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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 153. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 12.

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 222 - 223.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 237.

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 32.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 44.

Wild, H. (1960). Capparaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 237 - 241. as Capparis sepiaria (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Capparis sepiaria var. subglabra
Flora of Mozambique: Capparis sepiaria var. subglabra
Flora of Zambia: Capparis sepiaria var. subglabra
Flora of Zimbabwe: Capparis sepiaria var. subglabra

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Capparis sepiaria
African Plant Database: Capparis sepiaria
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Capparis sepiaria
JSTOR Plant Science: Capparis sepiaria
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Capparis sepiaria
Plants of the World Online: Capparis sepiaria
Tropicos: Capparis sepiaria
Wikipedia: Capparis sepiaria

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: Capparis sepiaria var. subglabra., retrieved 22 July 2024

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