Balanites maughamii Sprague

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Balanites maughamii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along trail near Mpingue, Catapu, Sofala

Balanites maughamii

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Catapu, Sofala.

Balanites maughamii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Inhamitanga Forest

Balanites maughamii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southern margin of Inhamitanga Forest near railway line, Coutada 12, Cheringoma

Balanites maughamii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Southern margin of Inhamitanga Forest near railway line, Coutada 12, Cheringoma

Balanites maughamii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Inhamitanga Forest Reserve, Marromeu

Balanites maughamii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Inhamitanga Forest Reserve, Marromeu

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Synonyms:
Common names: Green-thorn (English) Y-thorned torchwood (English)
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Description:
Medium-sized to tall deciduous tree, large specimens often with a fluted trunk. Branches distinctly zig-zagging, armed with green forked spines. Leaves 2-foliolate; leaflets asymmetrical ovate to almost round, dark grey-green, leathery, velvety when young; margin entire. Flowers in axillary clusters on mostly unarmed branches, c. 2 cm in diameter, yellowish-green; petals densely hairy on the outside. Fruit date-like, grooved along the length, yellowish when ripe, edible and rich in oil.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: maughamii: named after a Mr Maugham who collected the type in southern Mozambique.
Habitat:
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: From Tanzania to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Botswana distribution:
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Literature:

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 347. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 256.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 248.

Launert, E. (1963). Balanitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 221 - 223. (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 29.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 39.

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Balanites maughamii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Balanites maughamii
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The Plant List (version 1.1): Balanites maughamii
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Balanites maughamii.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=132970, retrieved 15 December 2019

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