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Vepris lanceolata

   (Family: Rutaceae)
Afrikaans: witysterhout English: white ironwood Xhosa: umZane  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Tree
Height: 5 - 20m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Frost Tolerant (light)
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred altitude: 0 - 2000m
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Sand (coarse texture, drains easily),
Clay (fine texture, holds a lot of water)
pH: acid
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
Flower shape
Flower type
  Flower info
  flowers are small, inconspicuous, star-shaped and arranged in terminal heads or panicles and are greenish yellow in colour. The male and female flowers are borne on different trees. The white ironwood flowers from December to March.
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf type
Leaf arrangement
Leaf texture Smooth
Bark / Stem type
  Leaf scent
  lemony scent
  Leaf info EDIT
  leaves are trifoliolate, leathery, alternately arranged on the stem, and hairless. The leaflets are narrowly elliptic in shape, with the margins entire and markedly wavy; the apex tapers to a more or less rounded point., the leaves are densely covered with gland-dots.
Fruit type EDIT
Sow seeds in Spring
  Seed size Length: 5mm   
  Seed info EDIT
  The globose, 4-locular fruit of about 5 mm in diameter is covered by a smooth, thin, fleshy cover that turns black when ripe. The fruit is covered with gland-dots that have the same lemony scent as the leaves. The fruit ripens from May to July.
Description EDIT
Growing EDIT
Distribution EDIT
History EDIT
The wood is used to produce wheel spokes, handles, roof beams, furniture, ornaments and turnery.
powdered roots are used for influenza and colic.
Ecology EDIT
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