Margaritaria discoidea (Baill.) G.L. Webster
var. triplosphaera Radcl.-Sm.

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Margaritaria discoidea var. triplosphaera

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Margaritaria discoidea var. triplosphaera

Photo: Bart Wursten

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Synonyms: Flueggea bailloniana (Müll. Arg.) Pax
Flueggea obovata Baill.
Margaritaria obovata (Baill.) G.L. Webster
Securinega bailloniana Müll. Arg.
Common names:
Status: Native
See var. nitida for general details. This variety can be distinguished by the subterete and crisped hairy petioles (not grooved and not or hardly winged); obtuse and ciliate stipules; shorter style with erect arms and more deeply lobed fruit.
Notes: Two forms are sometimes distinguished, forma glabra differing in hairless petioles and stipules.
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Habitat: In mixed deciduous woodland, thickets and forest patches, usually on sandy soils.
Altitude range: Up to 600 m
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Worldwide distribution: Southern DRC, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Malawi distribution: N,S
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Content last updated: Sunday 19 July 2015

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 414. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 477.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 34 - 369. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Mozambique: Margaritaria discoidea var. triplosphaera
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Margaritaria discoidea
African Plant Database: Margaritaria discoidea
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Margaritaria discoidea
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Wikipedia: Margaritaria discoidea

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: Margaritaria discoidea var. triplosphaera., retrieved 14 June 2024

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