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Species Information

leaves, fruit    flowers    flowers   
Euclea crispa (Thunb.) Gürke subsp. crispa
(name current 2016)
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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