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Boscia foetida Schinz subsp. foetida


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Boscia foetida subsp foetida

Image 1
Reddish young branches
26 May 2006

Boscia foetida subsp foetida

Image 2
Fruit
17 Dec 2006

Boscia foetida subsp foetida

Image 3
Leaves
20 Dec 2006

Boscia foetida subsp foetida

Image 4
Habit
20 Dec 2006

Boscia foetida subsp foetida

Image 5
Flowers
19 Dec 2007

Boscia foetida subsp foetida

Image 6
Habit
19 Dec 2007



Family: Capparaceae
Full name: Boscia foetida Schinz subsp. foetida
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Stinkwitgat, Knoudoring, Stinkbos, Noemie, Noeniebos, Noenieboom, Stinknoenie, Stinkdoorn, Stinkdoring, Knoudoring, Oumeidbos, Oumeidebos, Oumeidsbos
English common name(s): Stinkbush, Stink-bush, Smelly shepherd's tree, Stink sheperdstree, Foetid bush, Old womans bush, Tugela stinkbush
Synonym(s): Boscia rautanenii Schinz
Status: Native
Description: Shrub or tree. BARK whitish with fissures exposing a rough, dark-coloured bark; young branchlets grey with plum-coloured underlayer. LEAVES small, spirally arranged or clustered on dwarf shoots; oblong; both surfaces olive-green; petiole very short. FLOWERS small, green-yellow, with characteristic unpleasant, foetid odour. FRUIT round berry, 10 mm in diameter, hairy, yellow to pale brown when ripe. (from Tree Atlas of Namibia)

The subsp. foetida is itself very variable. A particularly narrow-leaved form, described as B. rautanenii, is found in the district Swakopmund and Karibib but intermediate forms occur and so it cannot be kept separate. Also in northern South West Africa the long peduncle which is so characteristic of this subspecies becomes much less distinct. (from Flora of Southern Africa / JSTOR Global plants)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iNaturalist (Namibia / Alex Dreyer)
iNaturalist (Namibia)
iNaturalist (southern Africa)
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Content last updated: 01 Jun 2020


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