Salix mucronata Thunb.
subsp. subserrata (Willd.) R. H. Archer & Jordaan

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Salix mucronata subsp. subserrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Odzani R. bridge

Salix mucronata subsp. subserrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Odzani R. bridge

Salix mucronata subsp. subserrata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Odzani R. bridge

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Synonyms: Salix safsaf Forssk. ex Trautv.
Salix subserrata Willd.
Salix woodii Seemen
Common names: Flute willow (English) Safsaf willow (English) Wild willow (English)
Status: Native
Deciduous shrub or small tree. Leaves linear-elliptic when young, sometimes obovate-elliptic when mature, bright green above, whitish beneath; margin finely serrate. Flowers in catkin-like spikes, sexes separate on different trees. Fruit a capsule, splitting lengthwise to release tufted windborne seeds.
Derivation of specific name: mucronata: mucronate
Habitat: Along streams and rivers, sometimes even partially submerged.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Aug-Sep (or Mar-Apr)
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Africa and Arabia.
Mozambique distribution: N
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 256. as Salix mucronata subsp. mucronata (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 638. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 121 - 122. as Salix mucronata

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 399 - 402. Salix subserrata (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 48 - 49. as Salix mucronata (Includes a picture).

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 19. As Salix subserrata

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 233. As Salix subserrata

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 10 - 11. as Salix subserrata (Includes a picture).

Mannheimer, C. & Curtis B. (2009). Le Roux and Müller's Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Namibia Macmillan Education, Windhoek, Namibia. Pages 14 - 15. as subsp.mucronata (Includes a picture).

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 75. as Salix mucronata subsp. mucronata

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Pages 2 - 3. as Salix capensis

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 224. as Salix mucronata subsp. mucronata

Wilmot-Dear, C.M. (1991). Salicaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(6) Pages 121 - 124. As Salix subserrata (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Salix mucronata subsp. subserrata
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Salix mucronata subsp. subserrata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Salix mucronata
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Salix mucronata
Plants of the World Online: Salix mucronata
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Wikipedia: Salix mucronata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Salix mucronata subsp. subserrata., retrieved 15 June 2024

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