Searsia leptodictya (Diels) T.S. Yi, A.J. Mill. & J.Wen

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Searsia leptodictya

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Searsia leptodictya

Photo: Mark Hyde
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Searsia leptodictya

Photo: Mark Hyde
Christon Bank

Searsia leptodictya

Photo: Mark Hyde
Christon Bank

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Synonyms: Rhus amerina Meikle
Rhus leptodictya Diels
Common names: Rock rhus (English)
Status: Native
Spreading shrub or small tree up to 8·5 m tall, with rough greyish bark; branchlets, greyish or brownish, lenticellate. Leaves 3-foliolate with leaflets sessile, linear-lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, hairless or sometimes hairy mainly on the midrib, dull green above, paler beneath; median leaflet 4–13 cm long, lateral ones about 1/3–2/3 smaller; margin slightly revolute, entire or shallowly crenate-dentate; petiole 1·5–5 cm long, slender, hairless or sometimes hairy, slightly grooved. Inflorescences axillary and terminal, nearly as long as the leaves or terminal ones slightly longer, lax. Flowers unisexual in the same inflorescence, pale yellow, very small. Fruit a yellow-brown to cinnamon-brown drupe, shining, 4–5 mm in diameter, depressed-globose or diamond-shaped, slightly asymmetric, smooth, hairless.
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Habitat: Among rocks, in open savanna-woodland, along streams, often on sandy or loamy soils.
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Flowering time:Dec - Apr (Jul)
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
Malawi distribution: C
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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 485. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 30. As Rhus leptodictya

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 574. As Rhus leptodictya

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 22. As Rhus leptodictya

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 254. As Rhus leptodictya

Fernandes, R. & A. (1966). Anacardiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Page 603. As Rhus leptodictya

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 17. As Rhus leptodictya

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 316 - 319. As Rhus leptodictya (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 23. As Rhus leptodictya

Setshogo, M.P. & Venter, F. (2003). Trees of Botswana: names and distribution SABONET Report No. 18 Southern African Botanical Diversity Network, Pretoria Page 5. As Rhus leptodictya

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 404 - 405. As Rhus leptodictya (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (2013). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Second edition) Struik, South Africa Pages 466 - 467. (Includes a picture).

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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: Searsia leptodictya., retrieved 22 July 2024

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