5538.000 Combretum Loefl.

Description of the genus

Trees, shrubs, or woody climbers. Leaves opposite, whorled, subopposite or rarely alternate, usually entire; petiole sometimes persisting and forming a ± hooked spine. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic, 4-5-merous. Calyx 4-5 (rarely more). Petals usually 4-5, variously coloured. Stamens twice as many as petals, in 1 or 2 series. Ovary inferior. Fruit 4-5-winged. A generally recognisable genus but Schrebera trichoclada in leaf looks very similar. The flowers of many species resemble those of willows (Salix species), hence their common name of Bushwillow.

Worldwide: 250 species in the tropics, excluding Australia

Botswana: 23 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Coeliades forestan (Striped policeman)
Coeliades pisistratus (Two-pip policeman)
Hemerophanes Hemerophanes libyra (Variegated Vapourer)
Pseudaphelia apollinaris (Apollo moth)
Trabala charon
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
adenogonium Steud. ex A. Rich.NDescription, Image
albopunctatum Suess.N
apiculatum Sond. subsp. apiculatum N,SEDescription, Image
apiculatum Sond. subsp. leutweinii (Schinz) ExellN,SE
celastroides Welw. ex M.A. Lawson subsp. celastroides NDescription, Image
celastroides Welw. ex M.A. Lawson subsp. orientale ExellDescription
collinum Fresen.[Agg]N,SWDescription, Image
elaeagnoides KlotzschNDescription, Image
engleri Schinz
erythrophyllum (Burch.) Sond.SEDescription, Image
hereroense Schinz subsp. hereroense N,SW,SEDescription, Image
imberbe WawraN,SEDescription, Image
microphyllum KlotzschSEDescription, Image
molle R.Br ex G. DonN,SEDescription, Image
mossambicense (Klotzsch) Engl.NDescription, Image
platypetalum Welw. ex M.A. Lawson subsp. oatesii (Rolfe) ExellSEDescription, Image
platypetalum Welw. ex M.A. Lawson subsp. platypetalum
psidioides Welw.[Agg]SEDescription, Image
psidioides Welw. subsp. dinteri (Schinz) ExellN?Description
psidioides Welw. subsp. glabrum Exell?Description
psidioides Welw. subsp. psidioides SEDescription
schumannii Engl.N
zeyheri Sond.N,SEDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Combretum:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Combretum
Flora of Malawi: Combretum
Flora of Mozambique: Combretum
Flora of Zambia: Combretum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Combretum
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Combretum

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Combretum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Combretum
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Combretum
Wikipedia: Combretum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Combretum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Combretum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Combretum.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1007, retrieved 28 January 2023

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