Vepris zambesiaca S. Moore

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Common names: Rare White-ironwood (English)
Frequency: Uncommon
Status: Native
Deciduous shrub c. 1·5 m tall or small tree; most parts greyish hairy. Leaves alternate, 3-foliolate; leaflets sessile, more or less narrowly elliptic 1·8–4·5 cm long, papery, sparsely dotted with minute pellucid glands, softly velvety on both surfaces, blunt or sometimes emarginate at the apex; margin slightly crenulate; petiole 1–3 cm long, narrowly winged. Inflorescence a terminal branched head, 2–4 cm long and 2–3 cm in diameter. Flowers small, greenish-white to yellowish, unisexual. Sepals 4, united into a shortly lobed calyx 0·8–1·1 mm long. Petals 4, narrowly elliptic 4·5–5 mm long. Fruit fleshy, ellipsoid, c.1.3 cm long, smooth, blackish.
Derivation of specific name: zambesiaca: of the Zambezi region
Habitat: In dry scrub and woodland.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Southern Zambia, Zimbabwe and northern Botswana.
Botswana distribution: N
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 417.

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

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 75.

Mendonça, F. A. (1963). Rutaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 201 - 202.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 94.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 100.

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Flora of Zambia: Vepris zambesiaca
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Vepris zambesiaca
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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: Vepris zambesiaca., retrieved 30 May 2024

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