Portulacaria afra Jacq.

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Synonyms:
Common names: Dwarf jade plant (English) Elephant's food (English)
Description: Densely branched shrub, 2-4 m tall. Leaves broadly ovate, glossy, succulent, 1-2.5 cm long. Flowers pink or mauve, produced in profusion, c. 2 mm long, borne in fascicles on a short axis, 3-7 cm long. Fruit ellipsoid, winged.
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Derivation of specific name: afra from Africa.
Flowering time:Sep-Nov
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Mozambique, Eswatini and South Africa.
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Literature:

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 112. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 201. (Includes a picture).

Other sources of information about Portulacaria afra:

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Flora of Mozambique: Portulacaria afra
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Portulacaria afra

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Portulacaria afra
African Plant Database: Portulacaria afra
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Portulacaria afra
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Portulacaria afra
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Portulacaria afra
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Portulacaria afra
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Portulacaria afra
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Portulacaria afra
iNaturalist: Portulacaria afra
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Portulacaria afra
JSTOR Plant Science: Portulacaria afra
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Portulacaria afra
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Portulacaria afra
Plants of the World Online: Portulacaria afra
Tropicos: Portulacaria afra
Wikipedia: Portulacaria afra


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Portulacaria afra.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/cult/species.php?species_id=166710, retrieved 4 December 2020

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