Ziziphus mucronata Willd.
subsp. rhodesica R.B. Drumm.

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Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized tree, armed with distinct pairs of hooked and straight spines. Leaves broadly ovate, markedly asymmetric, 3-veined from the base; margin finely toothed. Flowers in axillary clusters, small, yellowish. Fruit a spherical drupe, reddish-brown when ripe.
Notes: This subspecies is distinguished by the dense, pale rusty hairs, particularly on the underside of the leaves.
Derivation of specific name: mucronata: mucronate; with a short narrow point, projecting from the apex of the leaves;
rhodesica: of Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Habitat: Brachystegia woodland, particularly in areas of higher rainfall. Often on termite mounds.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia-Caprivi, DRC (Katanga), southern Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS,GI
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Content last updated: Tuesday 22 July 2014

Other sources of information about Ziziphus mucronata subsp. rhodesica:

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Flora of Botswana: Ziziphus mucronata subsp. rhodesica
Flora of Caprivi: Ziziphus mucronata subsp. rhodesica
Flora of Zambia: Ziziphus mucronata subsp. rhodesica
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ziziphus mucronata subsp. rhodesica

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ziziphus mucronata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ziziphus mucronata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ziziphus mucronata
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ziziphus mucronata
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ziziphus mucronata
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Ziziphus mucronata
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Ziziphus mucronata
iNaturalist: Ziziphus mucronata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ziziphus mucronata
JSTOR Plant Science: Ziziphus mucronata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ziziphus mucronata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ziziphus mucronata
Plants of the World Online: Ziziphus mucronata
Tropicos: Ziziphus mucronata
Wikipedia: Ziziphus mucronata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Ziziphus mucronata subsp. rhodesica.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137670, retrieved 4 March 2021

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