Maerua juncea Pax
subsp. crustata (Wild) Wild

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Maerua juncea subsp. crustata

Photo: Tony Benn
Extension 23, Gaborone

Maerua juncea subsp. crustata

Photo: Tony Benn
Extension 23, Gaborone

Maerua juncea subsp. crustata

Photo: Tony Benn
Extension 23, Gaborone

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Common names: Rough-fruit bush-cherry (English)
Status: Native
See subsp. juncea for general description and comparison. This species can only be distinguished by the very rough-skinned, warty fruit.
Derivation of specific name: juncea: Juncus- or rush-like;
crustata: rough-skinned or hard-skinned, referring to the surface of the fruits.
Habitat: Mainly in dry deciduous woodland.
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N,SE
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Content last updated: Monday 24 October 2016

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 38.

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

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 72. (Includes a picture).

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.

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) Pages 218 - 219.

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Flora of Mozambique: Maerua juncea subsp. crustata
Flora of Zimbabwe: Maerua juncea subsp. crustata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Maerua juncea
African Plant Database: Maerua juncea
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Maerua juncea
JSTOR Plant Science: Maerua juncea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Maerua juncea
Plants of the World Online: Maerua juncea
Tropicos: Maerua juncea
Wikipedia: Maerua juncea

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: Species information: Maerua juncea subsp. crustata., retrieved 4 June 2023

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