1. Family: Capparaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Boscia Lam.
      1. Boscia albitrunca (Burch.) Gilg & Gilg-Ben.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa.

    [FZ]

    Capparidaceae, H. Wild. Flora Zambesiaca 1:1. 1960

    Habit
    Much-branched tree up to 10 m. tall; crown dense and rounded; bark smooth and whitish; trunk stout.
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate or fascicled 2–4 together on very reduced side-shoots; lamina 3–5 x 0.7–1.2 cm., coriaceous, oblanceolate or narrowly oblong, apex rounded or retuse or very rarely acute, mucronate, narrowed to a cuneate or narrowly rounded base, puberulous on both sides or glabrescent, midrib prominent beneath, nervation scarcely visible; petiole 1–3 mm. long, puberulous.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence of very short, dense, axillary racemes; peduncle almost 0, rachis pubescent; bracteoles 1.5 mm. long, filamentous, pubescent, trifid with the middle lobe longest; pedicels up to 5 mm. long, pubescent.
    Calyx
    Sepals 4 x 2.5–3 mm., ovate-oblong, apex subacute, very minutely puberulous outside, pubescent within, densely so at the margins; receptacle disk-like, papillose-fimbriate.
    Stamens
    Stamens 6–14, on glabrous filaments c. 5 mm. long.
    Gynophore
    Gynophore c. 3 mm. long, glabrous.
    Ovary
    Ovary ovoid, glabrous, with c. 10 ovules on 2 placentas; style 0.5 mm. long, glabrous; stigma subcapitate, scarcely wider than the style.
    Fruits
    Fruit up to 1 cm. in diam., globose, yellowish, glabrous, smooth.
    Seeds
    Seed usually single, c. 0.7 cm. in diam., subglobose, rugose.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Caprivi Strip, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Common Names

    English
    Caper bush, Shepherd's Tree

    Boscia albitrunca (Burch.) Gilg & Gilg-Ben. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Oct 15, 2008 Crawford, F. [39], Namibia K000450324
    Oct 15, 2008 Crawford, F. [176], Namibia K000450326
    Oct 15, 2008 Crawford, F. [201], Namibia K000450327
    Jan 1, 1914 Burchell [1891], South Africa K000230837 Unknown type material
    Gomez, W. [Cat. no. 7002] Capparis punctata K001126541

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 53: 212 (1915)

    Accepted by

    • Mannheimer, C.A. & Curtis, B.A. (eds.) (2009). Le Roux and Müller's field guide to the trees and shrubs of Namibia, rev. ed.: 1-525. Macmillan Education Namibia, Windhoek.
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1960). Flora Zambesiaca 1(1): 1-336. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1960). Flora Zambesiaca 1(1): 1-336. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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    Plants and People Africa
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