Elephantorrhiza elephantina (Burch.) Skeels

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Elephantorrhiza elephantina

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Nr Odzani R. bridge

Elephantorrhiza elephantina

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr Odzani R. bridge

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Synonyms: Acacia elephanthorhiza DC.
Acacia elephantina Burch.
Elephantorrhiza burchellii Benth.
Common names: Elephant-root (English)
Status: Native
Low growing suffrutex, arising from a massive underground tuberous root. The branched root system often forms extensive colonies of visible plants. Annual stems up to 60 cm. Leaves compound with an increasing number of pinnae higher on the stem. Flowers in catkin-like racemes produced straight from the ground, creamy-yellow,turning brown with age. Pods up to 22 cm, flat, woody, the persistent margins remaining after the seeds have fallen.
Notes: See Elephantorrhiza burkei for comparison.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In grassland and open Acacia-Combretum scrub.
Altitude range: 1000 - 1520 m
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa and Eswatini
Mozambique distribution: GI
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 21 January 2009

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Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 176 - 177. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 65.

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 210.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Elephantorrhiza elephantina.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=126450, retrieved 31 March 2023

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