SNTC Home Page

Swaziland's Flora Database

Search for botanical name:
Search for common name:
Search for SiSwati name:
Search in synonyms:

Species Information

branches, leaves, fruit    leaves    leaves, fruit    bark    bark   
tree    leaves, flower    flowers   
Balanites pedicellaris Mildbr. & Schltr. subsp. pedicellaris
(name current 2016)
Small Green Thorn
Liphambo / Umnono
(Balanites pedicellaris)


Growth form: Tree
Found within protected areas
Schedule C
Other uses

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Balanites pedicellaris - Much-branched, rigid small tree or shrub up to c 4 m high; lateral branches spreading wide, tapering to form straight formidable spines; softly grey-downy troughout. Leaf stalk c 3 mm long; leaflets slightly fleshy, oval, blunt, veins obscure, up to 2,5 cm long x 1,5 cm wide, each shortly stalked. Flowers solitary or few in short clusters at ends of branches or among leaves; stalk up to 1,5 cm long; sepals c 6 mm long, pointed; petals green, c 8 mm long, blunt, tip turned downwards; fruit fleshy, orange, almost spherical, c 2 cm diam.

* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.

Included in Tree Atlas.

map key