Common Spike-thorn

Scientific Name
Gymnosporia buxifolia (L.) Szyszyl.
Higher Classification
Celastrus buxifolius L., Gymnosporia buxifolia (L.) Szyszyl. var. glomeruliflora Davison, Gymnosporia condensata Sprague, Maytenus cymosa (Sol.) Exell, Maytenus heterophylla (Eckl. & Zeyh.) N.Robson subsp. heterophylla (in part)
Common Names
Common Spike-thorn (e), Gewone Pendoring (a), Gifdoring (a), Hondebos (a), Ingqwangane (z), Ingqwangane Yehlanze (z), Lemoendoring (a), Motlhonu (tw), Pendoring (a), Sephatwa (ns), Spike-thorn (e), Stinkblom (a), Stinkblombos (a), Stinkdoring (a), Stinkpendoring (a), Tshiphandwa (v), Ubangalala (z), Umhlongwe (x), Umqaqoba (x), Usala (z)
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
R.H. Archer & J.E. Victor
Not endemic to South Africa
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West, Western Cape
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Gymnosporia buxifolia (L.) Szyszyl.Least Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

Boon, R. 2010. Pooley's Trees of eastern South Africa. Flora and Fauna Publications Trust, Durban.

Goldblatt, P. and Manning, J.C. 2000. Cape Plants: A conspectus of the Cape Flora of South Africa. Strelitzia 9. National Botanical Institute, Cape Town.

Pooley, E. 2003. Mountain flowers: a field guide to the flora of the Drakensberg and Lesotho. Natal Flora Publications Trust, Durban.

Raimondo, D., von Staden, L., Foden, W., Victor, J.E., Helme, N.A., Turner, R.C., Kamundi, D.A. and Manyama, P.A. 2009. Red List of South African Plants. Strelitzia 25. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

Vlok, J. and Schutte-Vlok, A.L. 2010. Plants of the Klein Karoo. Umdaus Press, Hatfield.

Archer, R.H. & Victor, J.E. 2005. Gymnosporia buxifolia (L.) Szyszyl. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2019/04/23

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