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Elephantorrhiza goetzei (Harms) Harms
Family : Mimosaceae
Information on the genus : Elephantorrhiza
Basionym : Piptadenia goetzei Harms
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Elephantorrhiza goetzei (Harms) Harms subsp. goetzei
 Piptadenia goetzei Harms (1900)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Elephantorrhiza rubescens Gibbs (1906)
=Elephantorrhiza petersiana Bolle (1861)
Taxon infra-specific
Elephantorrhiza goetzei (Harms) Harms subsp. goetzei
Elephantorrhiza goetzei subsp. lata Brenan & Brummitt
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub or tree 1-4(-7) m tall, often multi-stemmed, deciduous; bark dark dull brown or red. Facultative geoxylic suffrutex (fide Vollesen in Nord. J. Bot. 1: 738, 1981).
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Ecology : Woodland of various types: Brachystegia-Julbernardia, Brachystegia-Acacia, Pterocarpus-Albizia, Acacia-Combretum, Colophospermum mopane, etc.; Combretum scrub on alluvial soil; often but not always in rocky places; etc...
  Botswana, S. Africa; ? Angola.
  Comprises 2 subspp.: - Subsp. goetzei [syn.: E. rubescens Gibbs; E. sp. sensu Torre, Consp. Fl. Angol. 2: 263, 1956]; subsp. lata Brenan & Brummitt [syn.: E. sp.1 sensu White, Forest Fl. N. Rhod.: 91, 1962].
  Probably the only shrubby species in the genus which frequently produces its flowers when the plant is leafless.
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