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Searsia laevigata (Dune Taaibos)

[= Rhus mucronata, Rhus incana, Rhus laevigata]

Duinetaaibos, Koerentebos [Afrikaans]; umhlakothi [Xhosa?]

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid II > Order: Sapindales > Family: Anacardiaceae > Genus: Rhus

Searsia laevigata (Dune Taaibos), Rondevlei Nature Reserve, Cape Peninsula. [photo H. Robertson, Iziko ]

Usually a densely branch bush but can also grow into a small (4 m high) tree. Native to coastal regions of the west coast and south coast of South Africa.

See pictures in: Hottentots Holland to Hermanus wild flowers by Lee Burman & Anne Bean p. 130; West Coast wild flowers by John Manning & Peter Goldblatt p. 150