Carissa praetermissa Kupicha

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Common names: Mozambique Carissa (English) Nhamalimphanda (Sena)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Small, multi-stemmed shrub armed with forked, sometimes twice-forked spines. Older branches with whitish flaking bark. Leaves, opposite, ovate, up to 5 cm long, somewhat leathery, almost hairless. Flowers solitary between the spines, white, c 3.5 cm in diameter. Fruits subglobose, 1.5 cm long, red when ripe, edible.
Derivation of specific name: praetermissa: unnoticed, referring to the very recent (1981) description of this species.
Habitat: On sandy soil in open woodland.
Altitude range: Up to 350 m
Flowering time:Oct - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Central Mozambique only.
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS,GI
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Nephele comma (Larval food plant)
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Content last updated: Thursday 25 June 2015

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Pages 114 - 115. (Includes a picture).

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 25.

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985). Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 401 - 403. (Includes a picture).

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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Carissa praetermissa
African Plant Database: Carissa praetermissa
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Carissa praetermissa
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Carissa praetermissa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Carissa praetermissa
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Carissa praetermissa
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Carissa praetermissa
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Carissa praetermissa
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Carissa praetermissa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Carissa praetermissa
JSTOR Plant Science: Carissa praetermissa
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Carissa praetermissa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Carissa praetermissa
The Plant List (version 1.1): Carissa praetermissa
Tropicos: Carissa praetermissa

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Carissa praetermissa., retrieved 19 February 2018

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