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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 5/8/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 5/8/2013)
Species Ziziphus mauritiana Lam.
PlaceOfPublication Encycl. Method. Bot. 3: 319. 1789.-FIG. 7.
Description Small tree, armed with spines on the older branches, the stems brown-tomen- tose. Leaves alternate, 3-nerved almost to the apex, oval to suborbicular, obtuse to retuse, finely crenate-serrate, each tooth with a small gland at the tip, obtuse to slightly rounded and weakly oblique basally, to 4.5 cm long and 3 cm wide, dull green and glabrous above, densely tomentose beneath, the pubescence on the veins brown; petioles ca. 5-8 mm long, brown-tomentose, the stipules un- equally developed, the longer ca. 2-3 mm long on older branches. Inflorescences cymes, axillary and sessile, 10-15-flowered. Flowers subsessile to shortly pedicel- late, the pedicels to 4 mm long, tomentose; floral tube shallowly patelliform; sepals (4-)5, deltoid, sometimes slightly unequal, ca. 1.2-1.5 mm long, glabrous and keeled within, tomentose without; petals (4-)5, clawed, white, ca. 1.2 mm long; stamens (4-)5, the filaments subulate, ca. 1 mm long, the anthers ca. 0.4 mm long; nectariferous disc ca. 10-ridged; ovary completely immersed in the disc, the style ca. 0.3-0.4 mm long, the stigmas 2, minute. Fruit unknown.
Distribution A naturalized species native to southern Asia and Africa.
Specimen LOS SANTOS: Salinas de Chitre, D'Arcy & Croat 4197 (MO).
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