Plants photographed elsewhere in Namibia (not on Kyffhäuser)
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Helinus spartioides (Engl.) Schinz ex Engl.

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Helinus spartioides

Image 1
30 Apr 2011

Helinus spartioides

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30 Apr 2011

Helinus spartioides

Image 3
30 Apr 2011

Helinus spartioides

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30 Apr 2011

Family: Rhamnaceae
Full name: Helinus spartioides (Engl.) Schinz ex Engl.
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): -
English common name(s): -
Synonym(s): Marlothia spartioides Engl.
Status: Native
Description: Shrublet up to 1 m tall; branchlets virgate, green, very rarely with coiled tendrils, sparingly puberulous or glabrous. Leaves petiolate; lamina 20-40 x 4-5 mm, narrowly ovate, apex acute, margin entire, base rounded to cuneate, midrib prominent beneath with 3 pairs of secondary nerves, nerves not visible on upper surface, sparingly puberulous; the upper leaves smaller and narrower; petiole 1.5-5 mm long, sparingly puberulous; stipules up to 2 mm long, ovate, puberulous, purplish-brown. Inflorescence 1-3-flowered; pedicels 3-5 mm long, glabrous; bracts ovate, 1-2 mm long, purplish-brown. Sepals 2.5-3 mm long, ovate, glabrous; receptacle 1-1.5 mm long. Petals 2 mm long, ovate, cucullate, unguiculate. Stamens 2 mm long, inserted at the edge of the disk. Disk 5-lobed, covering the ovary. Ovary 2-3-locular; 1 ovule in each loculus; style 3-fid, with spreading branches. Fruit 6 mm in diam., obovoid. Seeds 4.5 x 3.5 mm, plano-convex; testa shining black. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Zambesiaca)
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
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