Boscia salicifolia Oliv.

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Boscia salicifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

Boscia salicifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

Boscia salicifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

Boscia salicifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

Boscia salicifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

Boscia salicifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road no2, Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Boscia powellii Sprag. & Green
Common names: Willow-leaved shepherds tree (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Small to medium-sized deciduous tree. Bark dark grey, rough and corky. Leaves spirally arranged, seldom clustered, narrowly lanceolate, up to 15 cm, dull green, leathery, finely hairy below, above only when young; apex tapering, bristle-tipped. Flowers axillary in dense branched clusters, small, without petals, yellowish green, sweetly scented. Fruit round, up to 20 mm in diameter, smooth, yellow when ripe.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: salicifolia: leaves like a willow (Salix sp.)
Habitat: In hot and dry open woodland and Miombo woodland, often on termite mounds.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botawana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Sunday 14 June 2009
Literature:

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 148. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 229.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 238.

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 36 - 37. (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 32.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 44.

Wild, H. (1960). Capparaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 233.

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Flora of Botswana: Boscia salicifolia
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Flora of Zambia: Boscia salicifolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Boscia salicifolia

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Boscia salicifolia
African Plant Database: Boscia salicifolia
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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Boscia salicifolia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Boscia salicifolia
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Boscia salicifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Boscia salicifolia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Boscia salicifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Boscia salicifolia
Plants of the World Online: Boscia salicifolia
The Plant List (version 1.1): Boscia salicifolia
Tropicos: Boscia salicifolia
Wikipedia: Boscia salicifolia


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Boscia salicifolia.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=124530, retrieved 7 December 2019

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