African Plant Database

Bridelia cathartica G. Bertol.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Information on the genus : Bridelia
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Bridelia cathartica G. Bertol. subsp. cathartica
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Bridelia schlechteri Hutch. (1914)
Taxon infra-specific
Bridelia cathartica G. Bertol. subsp. cathartica
Bridelia cathartica f. melanthesoides
Bridelia cathartica f. fischeri (Pax) Radcl.-Sm.
Bridelia cathartica f. niedenzui (Gehrm.) Radcl.-Sm.
Bridelia cathartica f. lingelsheimii
Bridelia cathartica f. pubescens Radcl.-Sm.
Bridelia cathartica subsp. melanthesoides (Baill.) J. Léonard
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Rather variable scrambling single- or many-stemmed much branched shrub or tree to 7 m tall with a dense rounded crown and with horizontal or pendent branches.
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Ecology : Open forest with Brachystegia and Pterocarpus on rocky screes; riverine Commiphora woodland on steep limestone slopes; sandy soil and dunes in coastal bush, littoral scrub and dune woodland and forest; etc...
  Namibia, Caprivi Strip, Botswana, S. Africa.
  Comprises 2 subspp.; 2 vars., 5 forms (see Enum. 4: 608-609, 1997) but intermediates known.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
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