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Ziziphus abyssinica Hochst.
Protologue : Schimperi Iter Abyssinicum 3: 1694 (1844)
Information on the genus : Ziziphus
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Ziziphus mauritiana var. abyssinica (Hochst.) Fiori
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Ziziphus atacorensis A. Chev. (1947)
=Ziziphus atacorensis var. oblongifolia A. Chev.
=*Ziziphus baguirmiae A. Chev. (1913)
=*Ziziphus mauritiana auct. sensu Suesseng. in Engl. & Prantl p.p., non Lam.
=Ziziphus jujuba f. oblongifolia Engl.
=Ziziphus jujuba var. nemoralis Sim
=Ziziphus jujuba var. obliquifolia Engl.
=Ziziphus xylopyrus Hochst. ex A. Rich. 1847 nom. in syn., non (Retz.) Willd. 1797
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub or tree with spreading crown and drooping branches, 2-3-6-13 m tall, armed; thorns curved; trunk to 25 cm Ø; bark grey, very deeply furrowed or fissured; branchlets densely rusty pubescent to tomentose, zig-zag;[…]
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Ecology : Savanna on various soils incl. sands; Combretum, Terminalia and Acacia woodland; wooded bushland; mixed wood and thickets along rivers; margins of primitive woods; Loudetia arundinacea grassland with scattered trees of Terminalia laxiflora[…]
  Very variable.
  400-2200 m alt. Sometimes cultivated (live hedge).

Bibliography other :
  • Richard, A. (1847). Tentamen Florae Abyssinicae seu Enumeratio Plantarum hucusque in plerisque Abyssiniae Paris 1: 136  

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Peyre de Fabrègues B. & J. P. Lebrun (1976). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Niger. Maison Alfort
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:323, 325 (2012)
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Food plants of Zimbabwe : 139 (1986).
  • Checklist Flow. Pl. Sub-Saharan Africa : 550 (2006).
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Record n°83598 modified 2012-04-20
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