African Plant Database

Osyris compressa (P.J. Bergius) A. DC.
Protologue : Prodr. (DC.) 14(2): 634 (1857) 
Information on the genus : Osyris
Basionym : Colpoon compressum P.J. Bergius
Status for SA : rejected (present), is synonym of : Colpoon compressum P.J. Bergius
Status for TA : rejected (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Colpoon compressum P.J. Bergius (1767)
 Fusanus compressus (P.J. Bergius) Murray (1774)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Cassine capensis var. colpoon (L.) DC.
=Cassine colpoon (L.) Thunb.
=*Euonymus colpoon L. (1771)
=Cassine peragua L. subsp. peragua
=Cassine peragua L. (1753)
=Elaeodendron kraussianum (Bernh.) Sim
=Cassine kraussiana Bernh.
=Cassine capensis L. (1771)
=*Cassine aethiopica auct.
=*Thesium colpoon L. f. (1782)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub or small tree 0,8-5 m tall, all parts glabrous, glaucous; leaves (sub-)opposite; all flowers hermaphrodite; fruit with fleshy red outer coat.
Ecology : Scrub, forest on littoral dunes. 5-1980 m alt.
  Is “a non-specific root parasite of all plants within range” (P. A. Bean in S. Afric. J. Bot. 56: 669, 1990).
  S. Africa.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : biology:perennial-Shrub- Ht up to 5 m. Alt 5 - 1980 m. Distribution: EC, KN, WC

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Strelitzia 9: 636 (2000).
  • KLOPPER R.R., CHATELAIN C,. & AL. (2006). Checklist Flowering Plants of Sub-Saharan Africa. Sabonet report 42 : 606
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Record n°90794 modified 2008-05-29
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