African Plant Database


Portulacaria afra Jacq.
Family : Portulacaceae
Family (APGIII) : DIDIEREACEAE
Protologue : Collectanea [Jacquin] 1: 160. t. 22 (1786 [1787])
Information on the genus : Portulacaria
 
 
Status
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
 
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Crassula arborea L.
=Crassula portulacaria L. (1762)
=Portulaca fruticosa Thunb. (1800)
 
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub or small tree 2-4 m tall, densely branched; branches brittle ; stout woody taproot; stems woody, branching apparently
Ecology : Dry savanna; growing thickly in a patch (Kenya where it seems to be native; fide S. M. Phillips l. c.).; 1310 m alt. S. Africa.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Tree, Shrub, Succulent- Ht 1 - 4 m. Alt: 0 - 1400 m. Distribution: EC, KN, LP, MP, NW, WC, SWZ

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Bothalia 3: 234 (1937).
  • Fl. Pl. Africa 45: t.1763 (1978).
  • List South. African Succ. Pl. : 147 (1997).
 
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under African Plants - a Photo Guide
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
 
Map
carte afrique num 17137
 
Record n°17137
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