Strychnos cocculoides Baker

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Strychnos cocculoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Strychnos cocculoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

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Common names: Corky monkey-orange (English)
Status: Native
Small deciduous tree with deeply ridged corky bark and branches are armed with strong curved spines. Fruits edible and very tasty. (Similar to Strychnos spinosa)
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In sandy soil in woodland and on rocky hill sides.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Gabon, Congo-Brazzaville, DRC, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS,GI,M
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 10 December 2008

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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 58.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 108.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 117.

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Flora of Botswana: Strychnos cocculoides
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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Strychnos cocculoides
Flora of Malawi: Strychnos cocculoides
Flora of Zambia: Strychnos cocculoides
Flora of Zimbabwe: Strychnos cocculoides

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Strychnos cocculoides
African Plant Database: Strychnos cocculoides
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JSTOR Plant Science: Strychnos cocculoides
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Strychnos cocculoides
Plants of the World Online: Strychnos cocculoides
Tropicos: Strychnos cocculoides
Wikipedia: Strychnos cocculoides

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: Strychnos cocculoides., retrieved 24 May 2024

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