Dichapetalum cymosum (Hook.) Engl.

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Dichapetalum cymosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

Dichapetalum cymosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

Dichapetalum cymosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

Dichapetalum cymosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
B8 road through Bwabwata

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Synonyms: Chailletia cymosa Hook.
Dichapetalum bullockii Hauman
Dichapetalum venenatum Engl. & Gilg
Common names:
Status: Native
Suffrutex with erect unbranched stems from a creeping woody rhizome. Leaves subsessile; Leaves subsessile, narrowly oblong to oblanceolate, 5–13 cm long, rounded and minutely mucronate at the apex, almost hairless on both surfaces, pale green beneath, often with two glands near the base; lateral veins c. 6 pairs, tertiary venation markedly reticulate and prominent beneath; stipules linear, c. 4 mm long, hairy. Inflorescences axillary, up to 5 cm long, c. 8-flowered; peduncle sparsely hairy or hairless, partially adnate to the stem for c. 5 mm; pedicels c. 2 mm long; bracts c. 2 mm long. Sepals narrow, c. 7 mm long, free almost to the base, hairy at the apex, becoming hairless towards the base. Petals narrowly oblong, c. 7 mm long, 2-fid for 2/3 their length, creamy-whitish, hairless. Stamens as long as petals. Fruit obovoid, 4 cm long.
Notes: Extremely poisonous to cattle.
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Habitat: On Kalahari sand.
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Caprivi Namibia and northern South Africa.
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Content last updated: Friday 23 March 2018

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 39.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 54.

Shone, D.K. & Drummond, R.B. (1965). Poisonous Plants of Rhodesia Ministry of Agriculture, Rhodesia Pages 8 - 9. (Includes a picture).

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 206.

Torre, A.R. (1963). Dichapetalaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 324 - 326. Also as Dichapetalum bullockii (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 50. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Dichapetalum cymosum
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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 Caprivi: Species information: Dichapetalum cymosum.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133990, retrieved 22 June 2024

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