Caesalpinia decapetala (Roth) Alston

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Caesalpinia decapetala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Domboshawa Rd, N of Harare

Caesalpinia decapetala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Domboshawa Rd, N of Harare

Caesalpinia decapetala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Mount Pleasant Business Park, Harare

Caesalpinia decapetala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Mount Pleasant Business Park, Harare

Caesalpinia decapetala

Photo: Mark Hyde
Cork Road, Harare

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Synonyms: Biancaea decapetala (Roth) O. Deg.
Reichardia decapetala Roth
Common names: Mauritius thorn (English)
Frequency:
Status: Introduced
Description:
Climbing or straggling shrub. Stems and (2-pinnate) leaves armed with prickles. Petals 10-15 mm, pale yellow. Pod beaked, dehiscent along upper suture, oblong-elliptic, straight or slightly curved, flattened, pubescent.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: decapetala: with 10 petals (actually 5 in this species)
Habitat:
Altitude range:
Flowering time:May - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Native of India and Sri Lanka
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
Growth form(s): Climber, liane.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Literature:

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Pages 181 - 183. (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 249. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 212.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 243.

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 43.

Wild, H. (undated, c. 1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds ?Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 51. (Includes a picture).

Other sources of information about Caesalpinia decapetala:

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Flora of Malawi: cultivated Caesalpinia decapetala
Flora of Mozambique: Caesalpinia decapetala
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Caesalpinia decapetala
Flora of Zimbabwe: Caesalpinia decapetala
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Caesalpinia decapetala

External websites:

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


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Caesalpinia decapetala.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=127210, retrieved 22 July 2019

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