Plants photographed elsewhere in Namibia (not on Kyffhäuser)
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Searsia marlothii Engl.

Searsia marlothii


Family: Anacardiaceae
Full name: Searsia marlothii Engl.
Location: Farm Urikos (2416AC)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Bitterkaree
English common name(s): Bitter karee
Synonym(s): Rhus marlothii Engl.
Rhus upingtoniae Dinter fide Fl. S. Africa 19 (3:1): 61
Status: Native
Description: Shrub with cylindrical greyish branches; branchlets, petioles and panicles puberulous or hispidulous. Petiole 0.5-1.2 cm long, slightly canaliculate or marginate above. Leaflets concolorous to subconcolorous, membranous to subcoriaceous, and sparsely hairy on both surfaces, with the margin slightly crenate in the upper part, the median one 2-4.5 x 1-1.8 cm, ovate or oblong, rounded at the apex, cuneate at the base, the lateral ones c. 2/3 the size of the median one and a little asymmetric at the base; midrib raised on both surfaces; lateral nerves slender, sometimes prominulous, venation not visible. Axillary panicles shorter than the leaves, the terminal ones a little longer. Calyx-segments c. 0.5 mm long, ovate, puberulous. Petals c. 1.25 mm long, oblong, obtuse. Drupe cinnamon-coloured, c. 4 mm in diam., compressed-subquadrate, glabrous. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Zambesiaca)

Unarmed or spinescent, much-branched shrub up to 2.2 m high. Bark smooth, grey, prominently lenticellate; branches whitish, branchlets puberulous. Leaves trifoliolate, petiolate; petiole semi-terete, shallowly canaliculate, (6-)12(-21) mm long; leaflets sessile, membranous to coriaceous, concolorous, glaucous to pale olive-green, amphistomatous, trichomes few, simple; lamina narrowly elliptic to obovate, base cuneate, apex obtuse to rounded, rarely mucronulate, margin entire to weakly pauciserrate towards apex, slightly thickened; venation kladodromous-brochidodromous, midrib prominent above, midrib and secondaries slightly prominent below, tertiaries inconspicuous; terminal leaflets (17-)34(-60) x (4-)13(-26) mm, lateral leaflets (10-)23(-40) x (4-)10(-22) mm. Panicles lax, axillary and terminal, latter up to 120 mm long, exposed. Flowers normal, styles persistent. Drupe rhombic, discoid, glabrous, shiny, 4.8 x 1.6 to 6.3 x 2.0 mm. (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
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: 30 Apr 2011
Camera make: Panasonic
Camera model: DMC-FZ45
Lens aperture: f/4.5
Shutter speed: 1/200 s
ISO speed: 80
Content last updated: 01 Jun 2020

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