Boscia mossambicensis Klotzsch

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Boscia mossambicensis

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Byo-Vic Falls Rd

Boscia mossambicensis

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Byo-Vic Falls Rd

Boscia mossambicensis

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Byo-Vic Falls Rd

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Synonyms: Boscia welwitschii Gilg
Common names: Broad-leaved shepherds tree (English)
Status: Native
Much-branched shrub or small tree. Bark greyish-brown, rough and flaking; young branchlets yellowish, hairless. Leaves alternate or clustered, obovate, relatively large, up to 8 × 3.5 cm, leathery, slightly hairy when young, soon becoming hairless; apex rounded with a small, sharp point. Flowers in short, dense heads on short axillary branches. Sepals greenish-white; petals absent; stamens c. 15-40, c. 1 cm long. Fruit round, c. 2 cm in diameter, hairless, yellow to reddish when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: mossambicensis: of Mozambique
Habitat: Occurring in hot and dry woodland.
Flowering time:Apr - Jun
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, DRC, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Kruger NP, South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Content last updated: Monday 5 January 2015

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 148. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 228.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 99. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 238.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 32.

Roodt, V. (1998). Trees and Shrubs of the Okavango Delta Shell Field Guide Series: Part I Shell Oil Botswana, Gaberone. Pages 32 - 33. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 44.

Wild, H. (1960). Capparaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 230.

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Flora of Caprivi: Boscia mossambicensis
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Flora of Zambia: Boscia mossambicensis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Boscia mossambicensis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Boscia mossambicensis
African Plant Database: Boscia mossambicensis
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Boscia mossambicensis
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Wikipedia: Boscia mossambicensis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Boscia mossambicensis., retrieved 25 May 2024

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