Carissa tetramera (Sacleux) Stapf

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Carissa tetramera

Photo: Theo van der Merwe
Farm Bokplaas, Inhassoro, on the Temane gasfield

Carissa tetramera

Photo: Theo van der Merwe
Farm Bokplaas, Inhassoro, on the Temane gasfield

Carissa tetramera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Levasflor, Cheringoma

Carissa tetramera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Levasflor, Cheringoma

Carissa tetramera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Levasflor, Cheringoma

Carissa tetramera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Levasflor, Cheringoma

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Synonyms: Arduina tetramera Sacleux
Common names: Sand num-num (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Usually a multi-stemmed shrub up to 3 m tall. Bark pale grey, flaking; branches armed with opposite, forked slender spines up to 5 cm long; all parts with milky sap. Leaves opposite, elliptic, lanceolate, ovate to almost round, up to 6.5 cm long, shiny dark green above, sharply tipped at the apex, sometimes slightly velvety; margin entire. Flowers in terminal clusters or in the axils of the spines, white, often tinged pink, strongly scented; corolla 4-lobed. Fruit ellipsoid, c. 1 cm long, red to purple-black hen ripe, edible.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: tetramera: in four parts, referring to the flowers.
Habitat: In dry open woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - May
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania,Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: N,MS,GI,M
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 21 October 2014
Literature:

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 25.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 268.

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985). Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 400 - 401.

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 18.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Carissa tetramera

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


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Carissa tetramera.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=144950, retrieved 12 December 2017

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