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Species Information

Synadenium cupulare (Boiss.) L.C.Wheeler
(name current 2016)
Dead-man's Tree


Growth form: Tree/shrub
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Swaziland abundance: rare
Swaziland distribution: widespread
Schedule B
Cultural uses

Red Data Book Information:
Status: DD Distribution: Mdhetshana farm Recorded in Swaziland by Miller.

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Synadenium cupulare - Shrub up to 2 m high with succulent stems and leaves, hairless, spineless, with white latex. Stems scarred by bases of leaves and inflorescences. Leaves oval, widest beyond middle, tapering gradually to base, surface grey waxy, c 10 cm long X 4 cm wide. Inflorescence axillary, up to 4 cm long, forking several times. “Flowers” with pairs of bracts below, consisting of several stamens and a single ovary surrounded by a cup-like gland with five membranous fringed lobes inside. Ovary three-chambered with 1 ovule in each chamber.

* 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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