Maerua racemulosa Gilg & Gilg-Ben.


Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2020): Maerua racemulosa Gilg & Gilg-Ben. Published on the Internet;http://www.worldfloraonline.org/taxon/wfo-0001290479. Accessed on: 25 Oct 2020'

Morphology

Shrub or tree, sometimes a scrambler, 1-3 m high, 3-5 cm diam. Bark pale grey, brown or green on younger branches and dark grey on older branches. Leaves alternate, simple (rarely 2-3-foliolate), petiolate; lamina narrowly elliptic, elliptic or obovate, 5-12 cm long, 1.2-4 cm wide, apex acuminate, obtuse, rounded or emarginate, mucronate, base cuneate to broadly cuneate, midrib depressed above with scattered papillae, prominent below and white or cream lateral veins 5-10, fairly prominent below, reticulate, char-taceous, glabrous; petiole 3-5 mm long, often curved or at angle to blade, channelled, verrucose. Inflorescence of axillary 4-8 flowered racemes; pedicels 2-3 cm long, slender. Receptacle shortly cylindric, 1.5-3 mm long, 2-3 mm diam. at mouth, smooth or slightly ribbed; disc entire or sometimes scalloped with the concavities situated at the base of the sepals. Sepals 4, obovate-spathulate, 4-6 mm long, 2-3.5 mm wide, apex acute or obtuse, apiculate, margin irregularly crenulate, occasionally entire. Petals 0. Androphore 1.5-4.5 mm long, exserted up to 2 mm. Stamens 15-30, 1-1.3 cm long; anthers c. 1 mm long. Gynophore 5-1.3 mm long. Ovary broadly ellipsoid-globose, 1 mm long, capitate; ovules 5. Fruits globose, 0.8-1.5 cm diam., smooth to faintly and minutely colliculate. Seeds 3-5, reniform, 3-5 mm long, crustaceous, smooth.

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    Scrambling shrub or tree to 3 m. Leaves usually simple, elliptic. Flowers in short, axillary racemes, whitish.

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    Habitat

    Occurring chiefly in dune, coast and semi-coast forest.

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    Dune forests.

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    Distribution

    Its distribution is from Wilderness in the Cape, northwards to Natal, Zululand and Swaziland. It has also been recorded in Lesotho.

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    Wilderness to Swaziland.

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      Bibliography

    • 1 Killick, DJB. 1970. Maerua. Fl. S. Africa 13: 159 - 171. Dept. Agric. and Technical Services, Pretoria.
    • 2 Manning, JC; Goldblatt, P. 2012. Capparaceae. 459 - 459. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

     Information From

    Capparaceae
    World Flora Online Data. 2017.
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    e-Flora of South Africa
    e-Flora of South Africa. v1.21. 2018. South African National Biodiversity Institute. http://ipt.sanbi.org.za/iptsanbi/resource?r=flora_descriptions&v=1.21
    • B All Rights Reserved
    World Flora Online consortium
    http://www.worldfloraonline.org/organisation/WFO
    World Flora Online Data. 2018.
    • C CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).
    Global Tree Search
    https://tools.bgci.org/global_tree_search.php
    BGCI. 2018. GlobalTreeSearch online database. Botanic Gardens Conservation International. Richmond, U.K. Available at www.bgci.org. Accessed on 30/11/2018.
    • D Botanic Gardens Conservation International