Ziziphus abyssinica Hochst. ex A. Rich.

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Common names: Large jujube (English) N'tsao-tsanga (Sena)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree, armed with distinct opposite pairs of hooked and near-straight spines. Leaves ovate, tomentose beneath, markedly asymmetric at the base, 3-5-veined from the base, the veins impressed above; margin finely toothed. Flowers in dense axillary clusters, small, yellowish. Fruit a spherical drupe c. 3 cm, shiny red or reddish-brown when ripe, edible.
Derivation of specific name: abyssinica: of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
Habitat: In open woodland and along riverbanks.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: From Senegal to Ethiopia, southwards to Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects (whose larvae eat this species): Tarucus sybaris sybaris (Dotted blue)
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Content last updated: Wednesday 11 July 2007

Other sources of information about Ziziphus abyssinica:

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Ziziphus abyssinica
Flora of Zambia: Ziziphus abyssinica

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African Plant Database: Ziziphus abyssinica
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Ziziphus abyssinica
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ziziphus abyssinica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ziziphus abyssinica
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Ziziphus abyssinica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ziziphus abyssinica
Ispot Southern Africa : Ziziphus abyssinica
JSTOR Plant Science: Ziziphus abyssinica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ziziphus abyssinica
Tropicos: Ziziphus abyssinica
West African Plants database: Ziziphus abyssinica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings, Stefaan Dondeyne and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P., Dondeyne, S. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Ziziphus abyssinica.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137640, retrieved 21 October 2014

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