Euclea crispa (Thunb.) Gürke ssp. crispa
(name current July 2011)
umNdlela nyamatane lomkhulu
(Euclea crispa var. crispa)
Growth form: Shrub
Found within protected areas
Local abundance: occasional
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.