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Useful Tropical Plants

Rhus lucida

L.

Anacardiaceae


The genus Rhus is undergoing taxonomic review and, if the changes are accepted, this species will be called Searsia lucida (L.) F.A.Barkley[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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+ Synonyms

Rhus africana Mill.

Rhus outeniquensis Szyszyl.

Searsia africana (Mill.) F.A.Barkley

Searsia lucida (L.) F.A.Barkley

Toxicodendron africanum Kuntze

Common Name:

Rhus lucida
Fresh foliage of a plant growing at the forest-grassland ecotone in upper Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal
Photograph by: JMK
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Rhus lucida Rhus lucida

General Information

Rhus lucida is a shrub or a small tree, it grows up to 3 metres tall. The young parts are frequently covered with shining resin[
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Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
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The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a source of tannins.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
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Title
Flora Capensis
Publication
 
Author
Hiern. W.P.; Brown N.E.
Website
http://www.aluka.org/action/doBrowse?sa=1&st=662543&execbr=&sls=
Publisher
 
Year
1909
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, and many of the botanical names have been changed since it was written, but contains a wealth of information about plants of southern Africa. It can be downloaded or viewed online.

Range

Southern Africa - Zimbabwe, Swaziland, S. Africa.

Habitat

Scrub and forests at elevations up to 2,100 metres[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height2.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The wood is a source of tannins[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Propagation

Seed -

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