Pteleopsis myrtifolia (M.A. Lawson) Engl. & Diels

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Pteleopsis myrtifolia

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Island 2, Katombora, Zambezi

Pteleopsis myrtifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Island 2, Katombora, Zambezi

Pteleopsis myrtifolia

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Synonyms: Combretum myrtifolium M.A. Lawson
Common names: Two-winged pteleopsis (English) Two-winged stink-bushwillow (English)
Status: Native
Dense, multi-stemmed shrub or small tree. Leaves opposite or subopposite, elliptic, shiny green above. Flowers in axillary rounded heads, unpleasantly scented, creamy-white to yellow. Fruits 2-3-winged (rarely 4 or 5-winged), greenish-yellow, drying to light brown.
Derivation of specific name: myrtifolia: leaves like the Myrtle (Myrtus communis)
Habitat: In mixed woodland, riverine fringes and on rocky outcrops and hillsides.
Flowering time:Nov - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 687. (Includes a picture).

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Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 494.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 46.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 263.

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Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 361. (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 35.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 42.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 470 - 473. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 48.

Setshogo, M.P. & Venter, F. (2003). Trees of Botswana: names and distribution SABONET Report No. 18 Southern African Botanical Diversity Network, Pretoria Page 48.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 70.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 338 - 339. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (2013). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Second edition) Struik, South Africa Pages 396 - 397. (Includes a picture).

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 196 - 197. (Includes a picture).

Other sources of information about Pteleopsis myrtifolia:

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Flora of Caprivi: Pteleopsis myrtifolia
Flora of Malawi: Pteleopsis myrtifolia
Flora of Mozambique: Pteleopsis myrtifolia
Flora of Zambia: Pteleopsis myrtifolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pteleopsis myrtifolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Pteleopsis myrtifolia

External websites:

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

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Pteleopsis myrtifolia., retrieved 20 February 2020

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