Salacia luebbertii Loes.

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Salacia luebbertii

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Salacia luebbertii

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Salacia luebbertii

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Ncamasere, Okavango Panhandle

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Common names:
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Shrublet up to 1 m tall, hairless and without latex; stems with paired raised lines, olive-green when young, becoming quadrangular and reddish-purple. Leaves sub-opposite or alternate, lanceolate to oblong-elliptic, 3-5.5 cm long, glossy deep green above, paler dull green beneath; margin entire; petiole 1-2 mm long; stipules very small but persistent. Flowers solitary, axillary, bisexual, 6-8 mm in diameter, yellowish-green; pedicels 5-8 mm long. Disk convex with 5-lobed margin; style shortly pyramidal. Fruit globose, 2.6-3 cm in diameter, smooth, pale orange to red when ripe.
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Habitat: In mixed woodland and thickets on Kalahari sand.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia
Botswana distribution: N
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Content last updated: Tuesday 6 October 2020

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 40.

Robson, N.K.B. (1966). Celastraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 397 - 398.

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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: Salacia luebbertii., retrieved 25 June 2024

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