Cliffortia serpyllifolia Cham. & Schltdl.

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Cliffortia serpyllifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Higher slopes below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Cliffortia serpyllifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Higher slopes below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Cliffortia serpyllifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Higher slopes below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Cliffortia tychonis Weim.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Dense, much-branched shrub up to c. 2 m tall. Leaves 3-foliolate, clustered on short lateral shoots; leaflets 8-10 mm long oblanceolate, hairless; margin entire, not distinctly rolled under. Flowers solitary, axillary, unisexual, greenish-white. Fruit a small ridged capsule, c. 2 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: serpyllifolia: leaves like Serpyllum or Wild Thyme ( Thymus serphyllum).
Habitat: Along streambanks and margins of forest and ericoid scrub, often forming dense colonies.
Altitude range: Up to 1700 m
Flowering time:Apr - Jul
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 9 June 2009

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 170. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 249.

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 70.

Mendes, E.J. (1978). Rosaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 26 - 27. (Includes a picture).

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Page 150.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 136 - 137. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Cliffortia serpyllifolia

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cliffortia serpyllifolia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cliffortia serpyllifolia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cliffortia serpyllifolia
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cliffortia serpyllifolia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cliffortia serpyllifolia
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cliffortia serpyllifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Cliffortia serpyllifolia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cliffortia serpyllifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cliffortia serpyllifolia
Plants of the World Online: Cliffortia serpyllifolia
The Plant List (version 1.1): Cliffortia serpyllifolia
Tropicos: Cliffortia serpyllifolia
Wikipedia: Cliffortia serpyllifolia

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: Species information: Cliffortia serpyllifolia., retrieved 20 February 2020

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