Maerua edulis (Gilg & Gilg-Ben.) DeWolf

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Maerua edulis

Photo: Colin Wenham
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Maerua edulis

Photo: Colin Wenham
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Maerua edulis

Photo: Colin Wenham
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Maerua edulis

Photo: Colin Wenham
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Maerua edulis

Photo: Colin Wenham
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Maerua edulis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road along Save river to Save-Runde confluence, Gonarezhou National Park.

Maerua edulis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road along Save river to Save-Runde confluence, Gonarezhou National Park.

Maerua edulis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road along Save river to Save-Runde confluence, Gonarezhou National Park.

Maerua edulis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road along Save river to Save-Runde confluence, Gonarezhou National Park.

Maerua edulis

Photo: Mark Hyde
Camp by Turgwe River, Humani Ranch

Maerua edulis

Photo: Mark Hyde
Camp by Turgwe River, Humani Ranch

Maerua edulis

Photo: Mark Hyde
Camp by Turgwe River, Humani Ranch

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Synonyms: Courbonia decumbens Brongn.
Courbonia glauca (Klotzsch) Gilg & Gilg-Ben.
Maerua decumbens (Brongn.) De Wolf
Physanthemum glaucum Klotzsch
Common names: Blue bush-cherry (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Suffrutex or small shrub, usually not more than 1 m tall but occasionally up to 2 m, branching near the base. All parts covered in a pale bluish-grey waxy layer that rubs off, hairless. Leaves alternate, ovate, up to 3 × 2 cm, hairless; apex rounded, bristle-tipped; margin entire. Flowers solitary, axillary. Sepals yellowish to whitish-green; stamens numerous, c. 2 cm long. Fruit round, up to 3 cm long, smooth, bluish-green to orange-yellow when ripe.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Occurring in hot and dry woodland, often with Colophospermum mopane.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: N,T,MS,GI,M
Growth form(s):
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Content last updated: Saturday 31 January 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 159. (Includes a picture).

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

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. As maerua decumbens

Wild, H. (1960). Capparaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 214 - 216. As Courbonia glauca (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Maerua edulis
Flora of Zambia: Maerua edulis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Maerua edulis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Maerua edulis
African Plant Database: Maerua edulis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Maerua edulis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Maerua edulis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Maerua edulis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Maerua edulis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Maerua edulis
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Maerua edulis
JSTOR Plant Science: Maerua edulis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Maerua edulis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Maerua edulis
Plants of the World Online: Maerua edulis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Maerua edulis
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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: Maerua edulis.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=124610, retrieved 17 November 2019

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