Cassipourea swaziensis Compton
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Tree
Swaziland abundance: rare
Swaziland distribution: widespread
Red Data Book Information:
Endemism: Near endemic
Threats: Grazing, fire
Distribution: Mhlosheni, 2 km north of Mbabane, Nhlangano, Nsongweni
Very restricted in Swaziland. Also in South Africa (KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga?). Quartzite. Area poorly collected, only old collections. Cattle grazing and population growth a problem.
Also in South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga?).
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Cassipourea swaziensis - Small much-branched tree. Leaves borne at frequent intervals; stalk short, densely hairy, blade oval or lance-shaped, c 7 cm long X 3 cm wide, almost hairless, midrib prominent below; stipules narrow, hairy, falling off. Flowers in axillary clusters, scented; bracts short, rigid, forming globular envelope to base of flower-stalk; calyx lobes five, narrow-triangular, c 8 mm long, spreading widely, yellowish hairy outside; petals five, white, narrowly spoonshaped, c 5 mm long, tip fringed with narrow teeth c 2 mm long; stamens c 15, inserted below many-pointed rigid disc; ovary sunk in disc, covered with stiff white persistent bristles; style c 4 mm long; stigmas 3—4-lobed.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.
Included in Tree Atlas.