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Species Information
 

flowers            leaves, fruit    leaves, flowers   
leaves, flowers, fruit   
Ehretia rigida (Thunb.) Druce ssp. nervifolia Retief & A.E.van Wyk
(name current July 2011)
Puzzle-bush
bhungele
umcele
umklele
Umxele
(Ehretia rigida)

BORAGINACEAE
Growth form: Shrub
Found within protected areas
Schedule C
Medicinal
Cultural uses
Other uses

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Ehretia rigida - (Umxele) Rigid irregularly branched shrub or small tree; leaves mostly borne on short lateral shoots, thinly hairy throughout. Leaf-blades mostly less than 3 cm long, broadly oval, blunt, narrowing to almost stafldess base. Inflorescences rather small, compact, few-flowered. Calyx lobes c 2 mm long, blunt; corolla tube c 4 mm long, lobes spreading, c 5 mm long, violet, mauve or white. Fruit spherical, c 7 mm diam, red.

* 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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