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Species Information

leaves, fruit    flowers    flowers   
Euclea crispa (Thunb.) Gürke ssp. crispa
(name current July 2011)
Commondale Guarri
Escarpment Guarri
umNdlela nyamatane lomkhulu
(Euclea crispa var. crispa)
(Euclea crispa)

Growth form: Shrub
Found within protected areas
Local abundance: occasional
Other uses

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Euclea crispa - Erect much-branched evergreen shrub o~ sxmtll tree; young parts hairy and usually rust-coloured, often becoming hairless. Leaves usually opposite, with or without hairs, of various shapes, shortly stalked, up to 9 cm long x 3 cm wide, flat or wavy; margin usually turned inwards. Inflorescences axillary, unbranched, with up to ten flowers, more or less paired and turned downwards. Calyx saucer-shaped, shortly lobed, hairy; corolla c 3 mm long, wide open, lobed half-way with few bristles along middle of each lobe, white or cream. Male flowers with c 20 stamens in two rows, often in pairs. Female flower with oval bristly ovary. Fruit up to 5 mm diam, thinly hairy, slightly fleshy, black, one-seeded.

* 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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