African Plant Database

Osyridicarpos schimperianus (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) A. DC.
Protologue : Prodr. (DC.) 14(2): 635 (1857) 
Information on the genus : Osyridicarpos
Basionym : Thesium schimperianum Hochst. ex A. Rich.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Thesium schimperianum Hochst. ex A. Rich. (1850)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Osyridicarpos natalensis A. DC. (1857)
=Osyridicarpos kirkii Engl. (1894)
=Osyridicarpos mildbraedianus T.C.E. Fr. (1923)
=Osyridicarpos scandens Engl. (1894)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub, pendent, scrambling or climbing to 1-5m long, with many ascending branches that are strongly ribbed, glabrous to coarsely hairy; leaves alternate, 3-nerved; fruit globose, indehiscent, with fleshy outer coat, topped by a c. 4 mm long persistent perianth.
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Ecology : Dry slopes with open scrub, evergreen scrub hedges; upland dry evergreen forest and associated bushland; less often in wetter forests, along rivers, deciduous bushland; forest margins and understorey; miombo woodland; termite mounds;[…]
  Very variable in indumentum (glabrous plants in Malawi = “O. kirkii”), size of leaves (6-50 mm long, 2,5-15 mm wide) and perianth.
  S. Africa, Swaziland.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : biology:perennial-Shrub- Ht 1 - 4 m. Alt 5 - 1980 m. Distribution: CP, KN, TV, SWZ
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Record n°90475 modified 2007-01-22
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