Ekebergia capensis Sparrm.

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Ekebergia capensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands lay-by, Vumba

Ekebergia capensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands lay-by, Vumba

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Synonyms: Ekebergia meyeri C. Presl ex C.DC
Common names: Cape ash (English) Dogplum (English)
Status: Native
Medium-sized evergreen tree. Leaves imparipinnate with 3-5 pairs of leaflets plus a terminal leaflet. Leaflets glossy green, oblong-lanceolate, asymmetrical at the base; margin entire. Flowers in loose sprays among the leaves, small, greenish-white, sometimes flushed pink. Male and female flowers on different trees. Fruit a round fleshy berry, pink to bright red when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: capensis: of the Cape
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Widespread from Northeastern Africa southwards on the eastern side to South Africa
Botswana distribution: N
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Cirina forda (Food plant)
Pseudobunaea tyrrhena (Food plant)
Holocerina smilax (Larval food plant)
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 208. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 381. (Includes a picture).

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 18.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 250.

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 62.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 86.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 32. also as Ekebergia meyeri

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 121.

White, F. & Styles, B.T. (1963). Meliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 316 - 318. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 95.

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Flora of Caprivi: Ekebergia capensis
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Flora of Mozambique: Ekebergia capensis
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Ekebergia capensis
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Ekebergia capensis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ekebergia capensis
African Plant Database: Ekebergia capensis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ekebergia capensis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ekebergia capensis
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ekebergia capensis
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ekebergia capensis
JSTOR Plant Science: Ekebergia capensis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ekebergia capensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ekebergia capensis
Plants of the World Online: Ekebergia capensis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Ekebergia capensis
Tropicos: Ekebergia capensis
Wikipedia: Ekebergia capensis

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: Ekebergia capensis.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133540, retrieved 17 October 2019

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