Brachylaena discolor DC.
var. discolor

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Brachylaena discolor var. discolor

Photo: Mark Hyde
Ocean Drive, Ballito, KZN, South Africa.

Brachylaena discolor var. discolor

Photo: Mark Hyde
Ocean Drive, Ballito, KZN, South Africa.

Brachylaena discolor var. discolor

Photo: Mark Hyde
Ocean Drive, Ballito, KZN, South Africa.

Brachylaena discolor var. discolor

Photo: Mark Hyde
Ocean Drive, Ballito, KZN, South Africa.

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Synonyms: Brachylaena natalensis Sch. Bip.
Common names: Coastal silver-oak (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Evergreen shrub or tree usually 4-10 m tall. Leaves: petiole more than 5 mm long; lamina 5-12 × 1.3-5 cm, oblanceolate to obovate, dark green above, densely white-hairy beneath; margin entire or obscurely toothed. Inflorescences offence terminal panicles or short raceme-like panicles. Phyllaries acute, extending down the peduncle. Florets dull yellow, without rays. Achenes 3-4 mm long, c. 8-ribbed, sparsely puberulous, crowned with barbed setae, 4-5 mm long.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: discolor: not of the same colour, referring to the upper and lower leaf surfaces.
Habitat: Dune and coastal habitats, river mouths and mangrove margins.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jul-Sep
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, South Africa and Eswatini.
Mozambique distribution: GI,M
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Content last updated: Sunday 27 August 2023
Literature:

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 1021. As Brachylaena discolor (Includes a picture).

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 5 - 7. As Brachylaena discolor (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 31. as Brachylaena discolor

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 24.

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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: Brachylaena discolor var. discolor.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=174790, retrieved 20 June 2024

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