Scutia myrtina (Burm. f.) Kurz

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Scutia myrtina

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve, Nanyuki, Kenya

Scutia myrtina

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve, Nanyuki, Kenya

Scutia myrtina

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve, Nanyuki, Kenya

Scutia myrtina

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve, Nanyuki, Kenya

Scutia myrtina

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve, Nanyuki, Kenya

Scutia myrtina

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve, Nanyuki, Kenya

Scutia myrtina

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve, Nanyuki, Kenya

Scutia myrtina

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve, Nanyuki, Kenya

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Synonyms: Rhamnus myrtina Burm. f.
Scutia commersonii Brongn.
Scutia indica Brongn. var. oblongifolia Engl.
Scutia myrtina (Burm. f.) Kurz var. oblongifolia (Engl.) Brenan
Common names: Cat-thorn (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or tree, usually somewhat scandent, armed with recurved prickles up to 9 mm long in the leaf axils. Leaves (sub)opposite, variable in shape and size, ovate or elliptic, rounded to pointed at the apex, hairless; margin entire to finely crenate; petiole 3-10 mm long. Flowers in condensed axillary clusters on a peduncle up to 7 mm long. Sepals 1.5-2 mm long, triangular; petals 1 mm long, deeply 2-lobed at the apex. Disk not lobed. Fruit obovoid to spherical, up to 8 mm in diameter, hairless. sometimes
Notes:
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Madagascar and India.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Ericeia inangulata (Larval food plant)
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Images last updated: Wednesday 16 August 2017
Literature:

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Pages 669 - 670.

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 98.

Drummond, R.B. (1966). Rhamnaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 428 - 430. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 257.

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 70.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 86.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 380 - 381. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 350 - 351. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (2013). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Second edition) Struik, South Africa Pages 412 - 413. (Includes a picture).

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 442 - 446. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Scutia myrtina.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137720, retrieved 24 November 2017

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