Elephantorrhiza suffruticosa Schinz

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Elephantorrhiza suffruticosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plantation Drive, Morningside, Mutare

Elephantorrhiza suffruticosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plantation Drive, Morningside, Mutare

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Common names: Skew-leaved Elephant Root (English)
Status: Native
Deciduous shrub, rarely a small multi-stemmed tree, 1-4 m tall. Leaves very finely bipinnate with up to 31 pairs of pinnae, each with up to 50 pairs of leaflets. Leaflets very small, up to 5 mm long, very asymmetric with midrib running along the inner edge of the leaflet. Flowers in dense axillary spikes, normally appearing with the new leaves, creamy yellow. Pod flattened, up to 28 cm long, reddish-brown, raised over the seeds, breaking away from the persistent margins.
Derivation of specific name: suffruticosa: a suffrutex, shrubby plant, woody at the base, regrowing annually from a strong perennial underground base.
Habitat: Occurring in open wooded grassland, often in association with Acacia spp.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: From Tanzania to Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 22 January 2009

Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Mimosoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(1) Pages 26 - 27.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 220. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 215.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 242.

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 45.

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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: Elephantorrhiza suffruticosa.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=126480, retrieved 5 March 2024

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