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Maerua schinzii Pax


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Maerua schinzii

Pinkish bark



Family: Capparaceae
Full name: Maerua schinzii Pax
Location: At Sesriem canyon (2415DB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Kringboom, Lammerdrol, Kwarda
English common name(s): Ringwood tree, Ringwood bead-bean
Synonym(s): Maerua arenicola Gilg fide Fl. S. Africa 13: 170
Maerua paxii Schinz fide Fl. S. Africa 13: 170
Status: Native
Description: Tree, usually erect, sometimes branched below, up to 7 m high; bark smooth, white or reddish brown; young branches yellowish green or beige, lenticellate, puberulous, rarely glabrous. Leaves simple, petiolate; lamina elliptic to ovate, 2-6 cm long, 1-3.5 (-7-3) cm wide, apex obtuse, rounded or emarginate, mucronate, base broadly cuneate to rounded, margins entire, lateral veins 4, looping before margin, somewhat immersed, coriaceous, puberulous, sometimes glabrous, yellowish green; petiole 0.8-3.0 cm long, sometimes very slender, swollen and channelled in upper half, puberulous. Inflorescence of terminal racemes; pedicels 0-8-2-5 cm long, puberulous to tomentulose. Receptacle slender, infundibular or cylindric, 0.5-1.2 cm long, 2-3 mm wide at mouth, glabrous, puberulous or tomentulose; disc coronate, c. 2-5 mm long, unequally laciniate. Sepals 4, elliptic-obovate, 11-15 mm long, 5-8 mm wide, apex acute, obtuse or rounded, somewhat cucullate and apiculate, glabrous or puberulous. Petals 0. Androphore 5-7 mm long, equal or exerted 2 mm above receptacle. Stamens 30-70, 1.4-1.6 cm long; anthers oblong, 1.5-2 mm long. Gynophore 1.5-2 cm long. Ovary ellipsoid-cylindrical, 0-5-1 cm long; ovules 30-40; stigma capitate. Fruit moniliform, up to 12 cm long, 0.5-1 cm diam., faintly colliculate; seeds round, c. 0-5 cm diam., granulate. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora of Southern Africa)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iSpot:  163771  163773  163774  188852  225752  233436 
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Photographer: AA Dreyer
Date of photograph: 27 May 2006
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: PowerShot A700
Lens aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/80 s
ISO speed: -
Content last updated: 01 Jul 2014


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