Terminalia prunioides M.A. Lawson

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Terminalia prunioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hot Springs

Terminalia prunioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Terminalia prunioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Terminalia prunioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

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Common names: Purple-pod cluster-leaf (English) Purple-pod terminalia (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree, often multi-stemmed with long drooping branches. Bark, grey to brownish, rough and fibrous; single or paired spines sometimes present at the base of small spur-branchlets. Leaves in clusters on short spur-branchlets, obovate-elliptic, 2-7 cm long, dark green above, paler below, softly hairy when young, later almost hairless; base decurrent along the short petiole; margin entire, fringed with hairs. Flowers in clustered spikes on the spur-branchlets, white to creamy-yellow, unpleasantly scented. Fruit broadly winged 4-6 × 2-3 cm, bright plum-coloured to purple-red.
Derivation of specific name: prunioides: like a Prunus, referring to the bright plum-coloured fruits.
Habitat: In hot, low-altitude open woodland and rocky hillsides.
Flowering time:Oct - Feb
Worldwide distribution:
Botswana distribution: N,SE
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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 690. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 55.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 35.

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 144 - 146. (Includes a picture).

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 496 - 497. (Includes a picture).

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

Exell, A.W. (1978). Combretaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 168 - 170. (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.

Roodt, V. (1998). Trees and Shrubs of the Okavango Delta Shell Field Guide Series: Part I Shell Oil Botswana, Gaberone. Pages 62 - 63. (Includes a picture).

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

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 204.

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Flora of Caprivi: Terminalia prunioides
Flora of Mozambique: Terminalia prunioides
Flora of Zambia: Terminalia prunioides
Flora of Zimbabwe: Terminalia prunioides
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Terminalia prunioides

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Terminalia prunioides
African Plant Database: Terminalia prunioides
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Terminalia prunioides
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Terminalia prunioides
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Terminalia prunioides
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iNaturalist: Terminalia prunioides
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Terminalia prunioides
JSTOR Plant Science: Terminalia prunioides
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Terminalia prunioides
Plants of the World Online: Terminalia prunioides
Tropicos: Terminalia prunioides
Wikipedia: Terminalia prunioides

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: Terminalia prunioides.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=142180, retrieved 21 July 2024

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