Schinus molle L.

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Schinus molle

Photo: Bart Wursten
Alexandra Park, Harare

Schinus molle

Photo: Bart Wursten
Alexandra Park, Harare

Schinus molle

Photo: Bart Wursten
Alexandra Park, Harare

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Common names: California pepper-tree (English) Peruvian mastic-tree (English)
Small to medium-sized tree, to 8 m. Branches and foliage pendulous. Leaves long (to 25 cm). Leaflets numerous, linear-lanceolate; margin serrate. Inflorescence of small flowers in a much-branched panicle. Fruit 7-10 mm in diameter.
Derivation of specific name: molle: from Mulli, the Peruvian name
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native of the Peruvian Andes; widely cultivated in warm regions
Botswana distribution:
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Bombycomorpha bifascia (Food plant)
Micraphe lateritia (Larval foodplant)
Menophra obtusata (Larval foodplant)
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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 Caprivi: cultivated Schinus molle
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Schinus molle

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

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: Schinus molle., retrieved 21 July 2024

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