Searsia lucens (Hutch.) Moffett

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Searsia lucens

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Nsumbu National Park; Nsama Distr., Northern Province

Searsia lucens

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Nsumbu National Park; Nsama Distr., Northern Province

Searsia lucens

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Nsumbu National Park; Nsama Distr., Northern Province

Searsia lucens

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Nsumbu National Park; Nsama Distr., Northern Province

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Synonyms: Rhus lucens Hutch.
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Shrub or small tree up to 4.5 m tall; old branches dull-greyish, lenticellate, glabrous, the younger ones brownish-grey, glabrous or sparsely patent-pilose; petiole 1.5-2.5 cm. long, flat and slightly marginate above, glabrous or pilose; leaflets glaucous or pale grey-green on the upper surface, paler below, leathery, glabrous or sparsely pilose, rounded or retuse, or emarginated at apex with the margin shallowly crenate, median leaflet (2.5)4.5-8.5 x 1.5-5 cm., obovate to subcircular, narrowed and cuneate at the base, lateral leaflets obovate to subcircular, rounded and frequently emarginated at apex, almost cuneate to rounded at base, midrib and lateral nerves raised mainly on the under surface, reticulation conspicuous above; panicles shorter than leaves, lax, with the axis and branches pilose; male flowers: calyx-segments 0.5 mm. long, ovate, obtuse, petals c. 1.25 mm. long, ovate-oblong, obtuse, filaments c. 0.5 mm. long.; drupe yellowish-brown, shining or somewhat pruinose, 4 x 5 mm., compressed, sub-quadrate, asymmetrical.
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Derivation of specific name: lucens: shining
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Flowering time:May - Jul
Worldwide distribution: Botswana to Zimbabwe and Zambia
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Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 254.

Fernandes, R. & A. (1966). Anacardiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Page 600.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 171.

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 17.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 23.

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Flora of Zambia: Searsia lucens
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Searsia lucens
African Plant Database: Searsia lucens
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Searsia lucens
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Searsia lucens
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Searsia lucens
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Searsia lucens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Searsia lucens
Plants of the World Online: Searsia lucens
The Plant List (version 1.1): Searsia lucens
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Wikipedia: Searsia lucens


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Searsia lucens.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=136730, retrieved 12 August 2020

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