Solanum tettense Klotzsch
var. renschii (Vatke) A.E. Gonç.

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Solanum tettense var. renschii

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Solanum tettense var. renschii

Photo: Bart Wursten
D3527 Turn-off to Dzoti Conservancy

Solanum tettense var. renschii

Photo: Bart Wursten
D3527 Turn-off to Dzoti Conservancy

Solanum tettense var. renschii

Photo: Bart Wursten
D3527 Turn-off to Dzoti Conservancy

Solanum tettense var. renschii

Photo: Bart Wursten
D3527 Turn-off to Dzoti Conservancy

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Synonyms: Solanum chondropetalum Dammer
Solanum kibweziense Dammer
Solanum koniortodes Dammer
Solanum kwebense N.E. Br. ex C.H. Wright
Solanum luederitziii Schinz
Solanum renschii Vatke
Solanum tenuiramosum Dammer
Solanum upingtoniae Schinz
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Semi-woody shrub, often scrambling, up to 4 m tall, stellate-hairy, often armed with short, yellowish, more or less curved prickles. Leaves simple, often closely set near the ends of branches, lanceolate to ovate-elliptic, up to 14 cm long, densely hairy below, rarely with a few prickles on the midrib; margin entire or sinuate. Flowers in lateral inflorescences, towards the ends of branches, bluish to pale to violet. Fruit globose, 5-10 mm, shining brown-yellow to deep red when ripe.
Notes: This variety is very difficult to distinguish from var. tettense in the field. It can only be distinguished by the shorter and differently structured stellate hairs. Only var. renschii has so far been recorded from Caprivi.
Derivation of specific name: tettensis: of Tete in Mozambique
renschii: after Karl Rensch (1837-1905), German or Austrian botanist to whom J. M. Hillebrandt sent his specimens for distribution to other botanists while he was traveling in Africa.
Habitat: In deciduous woodland, often on termite mounds or rocky places.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, southern Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Saturday 17 March 2018
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 273. As Solanum renschii

Gonçalves, A.E. (2005). Solanaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(4) Pages 92 - 94. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 60. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 106.

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 226. also as Solanum kwebense

Welman, W.G. (2008). The genus Solanum (Solanaceae) in southern Africa: subgenus Leptostemonum, section Giganteiformia Bothalia 38(1) Pages 43 - 45.

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Flora of Botswana: Solanum tettense var. renschii
Flora of Malawi: Solanum tettense var. renschii
Flora of Mozambique: Solanum tettense var. renschii
Flora of Zambia: Solanum tettense var. renschii
Flora of Zimbabwe: Solanum tettense var. renschii

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Solanum tettense
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Solanum tettense
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Solanum tettense
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Solanum tettense
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Solanum tettense
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Solanum tettense
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Solanum tettense
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Solanum tettense
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Solanum tettense
Ispot Southern Africa: Solanum tettense
JSTOR Plant Science: Solanum tettense
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Solanum tettense
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Solanum tettense
The Plant List (version 1.1): Solanum tettense
Tropicos: Solanum tettense


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Caprivi: Species information: Solanum tettense var. renschii.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=150760, retrieved 21 June 2018

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