Maytenus chasei N. Robson

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Maytenus chasei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Maytenus chasei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

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Common names:
Status: Native
Shrub or small unarmed tree. Leaves alternate on lateral branches, ovate to elliptic, glossy dark green above, glabrous; margin finely toothed to almost entire. Flowers in small axillary clusters, cream to greenish-white. Fruit a 2-3-lobed capsule, rough and wrinkled on the outside, green when mature.
Derivation of specific name: chasei: named for Norman C Chase (1888 - 1970), one of our foremost collectors of Zimbabwean plants
Habitat: In evergreen forest
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jan - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Border Highlands of Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 503. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 38.

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 82.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 255.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 163.

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 33.

Robson, N.K.B. (1966). Celastraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Page 371.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Maytenus chasei

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Maytenus chasei
African Plant Database: Maytenus chasei
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Maytenus chasei
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Maytenus chasei
Plants of the World Online: Maytenus chasei
Tropicos: Maytenus chasei
Wikipedia: Maytenus chasei

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: Maytenus chasei., retrieved 29 February 2024

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