Plants photographed elsewhere in Namibia (not on Kyffhäuser)
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Catophractes alexandri D.Don

Catophractes alexandri


Family: Bignoniaceae
Full name: Catophractes alexandri D.Don
Location: Naukluft (2416AC)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Ghabbabos, Trompetdoring, Trompetterdoring, Swartdoring, Papwielbos, Skaapbos
English common name(s): Trumpet thorn, Rattle pod, Rattle tree
Synonym(s): Catophractes kolbeana Harv. fide Fl. Cap.
Catophractes welwitschii Seem.
Status: Native
Description: Rigid shrub. BRANCHES pairs at right angles to each other; bearing straight thorns that are grey and densely woolly at first, becoming brown-black later. LEAVES simple, obovate to oblong; densely grey-woolly, paler below than above; veins prominent below; margin toothed and wavy. FLOWERS solitary, trumpet-shaped with long tube; white to pale pink. FRUIT a woody, warty capsule that rattles when shaken and splits open when the seeds are ripe. (from Tree Atlas of Namibia)

Spiny shrub or very small tree armed with slender straight spines. Leaves in fascicles, sometimes opposite, densely covered in silvery-grey hairs, oblong; margins coarsely dentate or crenate. Flowers axillary, solitary, large and showy, white, sometimes tinged with pink with a long yellowish corolla tube. Fruit a thickly woody capsule, warty, greyish-brown when ripe, splitting to release winged seeds. (from Flora of Botswana website)
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
Photographer: AA Dreyer
Date of photograph: 02 Apr 2015
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: EOS 7D Mark II
Lens aperture: f/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/800 s
ISO speed: 250
Content last updated: 18 Apr 2024

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