Searsia natalensis (Bernh. ex C. Krauss) F.A. Barkley

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Searsia natalensis

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By main Vumba rd

Searsia natalensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Vumba rd

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Synonyms: Rhus glaucescens A. Rich.
Rhus glaucescens A. Rich. var. natalensis (Bernh. ex Krauss) Engl.
Rhus natalensis Bernh. ex C. Krauss
Common names: Natal rhus (English)
Status: Native
Mostly a shrub up to 3 m high, sometimes a small tree up to 6 m. Leaves 3-foliolate; median leaflet obovate, sometimes elliptic-lanceolate, 1.7-9 cm long;lateral leaflets 1-3 cm long, narrowly to broadly elliptic, dull green above, paler below, hairless or hairy mainly on the midrib and veins; margins entire or with 1-4 obtuse teeth in the upper half; petiole 0.6-4 cm long, slightly grooved above. Flowers in axillary and terminal dense heads, unisexual in the same inflorescence, very small, yellowish-green. Fruit a drupe, subglobose, 4 mm in diameter, shiny red.
Derivation of specific name: natalensis: of Natal, South Africa
Habitat: In Julbernardia-Brachystegia woodland, evergreen forest. on mountain slopes, in riverine forest and thickets, on termite mounds and in granite rocky areas.
Altitude range: Up to 2100 m
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and South Africa.
Malawi distribution: C,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Content last updated: Thursday 8 October 2015

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 486. As Searsia natalensis (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 47. As Rhus natalensis natalensis

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.

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

Fernandes, R. & A. (1966). Anacardiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 597 - 598.

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.

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 23. As Rhus natalensis

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 38.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 87.

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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 natalensis., retrieved 15 July 2024

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