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Medium to large deciduous tree. Bark pale to dark grey, deeply fissured lengthwise with irregular horizontal cracks; young stems with spine-like opposite branchlets. Leaves elliptic to obovate, often on short, spine-like lateral shoots, grey-green above, hairless, but covered in whitish scales beneath. Flowers in slender axillary spikes, creamy-yellow, sweetly scented. Fruits 4-winged, usually less than 1.5 cm, pale yellowish-green even when ripe.


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© Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings

Source: Flora of Zimbabwe

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