Rhus dentata Thunb.

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Rhus dentata

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Along trail nr2, Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Rhus dentata

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The Gwasha, Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Rhus dentata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Orkney road, Vumba

Rhus dentata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near margin of Bunga Forest, Vumba

Rhus dentata

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Circular Drive, Nyanga NP

Rhus dentata

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Circular Drive, Nyanga NP

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Synonyms: Rhus rogersii auct.
Searsia dentata (Thunb.) F. A. Barkley
Common names: Nana-berry (English)
Status: Native
Shrub up to 2.5 m tall, sometimes a tree up to c. 6 m. Older branches lenticillate, grey, hairless; young branchlets reddish and often hairy. Leaves 3-foliolate, dull green, somewhat paler below, sometimes hairless but usually with hairs on the midrib and veins. Central leaflet usually obovate, rarely lanceolate-elliptic, 2-9 cm long; margin with 1-5 large teeth in the upper part, rarely entire. Lateral leaflets more or less broadly elliptic, usually 1/3-2/3 shorter than central leaflet; margin entire or with 1-3 teeth in the upper part. Petiole 0.6-4 cm long, hairy, often reddish. Inflorescences terminal and axillary, up to 14 cm long, often in attractive profusion. Flowers small, yellowish. Fruit c. 4 mm in diameter, shiny red when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: dentata: toothed, dentate
Habitat: In a variety of habitats, from rocky hillsides, open woodland and bush to margins of evergreen forest and in riverine forest.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Aug - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and Limpopo, Free State, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Bombycomorpha bifascia (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Wednesday 4 April 2012

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 484. As Searsia dentata (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 567 - 568.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 22.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 254.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 232 - 233. (Includes a picture).

Fernandes, R. & A. (1966). Anacardiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 596 - 597.

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 17.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 312 - 313. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 286 - 287. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 400 - 401. (Includes a picture).

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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: Rhus dentata.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=136670, retrieved 23 January 2020

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