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Species Information
 

flowers    leaves, pods    flowers   
Acridocarpus natalitius A.Juss. var. natalitius
(name current July 2011)
Moth-fruit
Mabophe
mobophe
(Acridocarpus natalitius)

MALPIGHIACEAE
Growth form: Shrub
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: widespread
Local abundance: occasional
Schedule C
Medicinal
Cultural uses

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Acridocarpus natalitius - Erect little-branched shrub, sometimes becoming a scrambler, very sparsely hairy. Leaves alternate, simple, stalk c 4 mm long, often with one or two large glands; blade narrow-oval to oblong, blunt, up to 10 cm long x 2 cm wide. Flowers in showy dense elongating terminal raceme; stalk c 2 cm long, slender, downy; sepals c 5 mm long with one or two large sunken glands near base; petals c 1,5 cm long and broad, yellow, margins frilled. Styles two. Fruit segments with flat blunt wing 3,5 cm long X 2 cm wide.

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

Included in Tree Atlas.


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References

Culverwell, J., K.P. Braun (in prep). Mlawula Nature Reserve Annotated Flora Checklist (incomplete, unpublished)