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Ziziphus lotus (L.) Lam.
Family : RHAMNACEAE
Protologue : Actes Soc. Hist. Nat. Paris 443, t. 21 (1788); Encycl. (Lamarck) 3(1): 317 (1789)
Information on the genus : Ziziphus
Basionym : Rhamnus lotus L.
 
 
Status
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
 
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Ziziphus lotus (L.) Lam. subsp. lotus
 Rhamnus lotus L. (1753)
 
Taxon infra-specific
Ziziphus lotus subsp. saharae (Batt. & Trab.) Maire (1929)
Ziziphus lotus (L.) Lam. subsp. lotus
 
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Deciduous thorny many-stemmed shrub 1-3 m tall, often forming thickets to 5 m Ø; branches flexuous, intricately branched, glabrous to hairy to white tomentose; stipular spines very sharp, one shorter and curved; leaves glabrous,[…]
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Ecology : Rocky wadis; clayey grara; scree; sandy-muddy river sides.
  up to 800 m alt.The mealy fruit of Z. lotus subsp. lotus was an important food for the poor in Ancient Greece: people subsisting on it were called lotophagi, lotus eaters. But in literature there can be confusion with Z. spina-christi
  Spain; Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt (Sollum); Palestine (Arava Valley), Syria, Arabia, Socotra.

Bibliography for North Africa :
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see under Teline: Biodiversité végétale du sud-ouest marocain
see under Tropicos.org. Missouri Botanical Garden
see under Herbarium, North Africa MPU
 
Map
carte afrique num 152490
 
Record n°152490 modified 2008-05-29
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