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Rhus chirindensis

Rhus chirindensis is a medium-sized, semi-deciduous, trifoliate Southern African dioecious tree of up to 10 m tall 20 m multi-stemmed, occurring along the coastal belt from the Cape, through KwaZulu/Natal, Swaziland and Mozambique as far north as Tanzania, growing in a wide variety of habitats such as open woodlands, in forests, along forest margins, in the open, among rocks and on mountain slopes. It was named by Swynnerton from a specimen collected by him near the Chirinda Forest in the Chipinge District of Southern Rhodesia; this is one of more than a hundred southern African species in the genus. It is known as red currant because of a fancied resemblance of the fruit to that of the European redcurrant. Branches dull brown or blackish, pubescent or glabrous. Petiole 1·5–6·5 cm. long cylindric, narrowly canaliculate and marginate above, pubescent or glabrous. Leaflets ± dull red-brown, ovate or ovate-lanceolate, entire and ± undulate at the margin, membranous to ± rigid or subcoriaceous, glabrous or ± pubescent on the margin and nerves.

Panicles terminal and axillary, pyramidal, much branched, the terminal ones longer than the leaves, the axillary ones as long as the latter or somewhat longer. Male flowers: calyx-segments 0·5 mm. long, obtuse, glabrous. 1·5 mm. long, obtuse. Female flowers: ovary ovoid. Drupe pinkish-yellow to reddish-brown, shining, 5 mm. in diam. globose, glabrous. Laboratory studies of bark extracts from this species show properties that may be useful in the treatment of convulsions and epilepsy, supporting its traditional use in ethnic medicine in some rural communities of South Africa. Flora Zambesiaca

I Love Marvel

I ♥ Marvel was a series of connected one-shots published by Marvel Comics around February 2006 to coincide with the romance-themed holiday of Valentine's Day. The series told several romantic stories featuring characters from the Marvel comics universe, with each issue focusing on a different area of the Marvel universe. Despite appearing to be a typical fifth-week event comic, February 2006, like every February, had only four weeks. My Mutant Heart was the first one-shot published and was an X-Men-centric issue; the issue included the following stories: The Promise - A Wolverine story written by Daniel Way and with art by Ken Knutsden. Wolverine recalls an affair that he had in Berlin in 1943. How Love Works - A Doop story written by Peter Milligan with art by Marcos Martin. A private investigator follows a woman, having an affair with Doop. My Girlfriend, The Thief! - A story about Cannonball written and drawn by Tim Fish. This second issue focuses on Spider-Man as he tries to think of a gift to give to Mary Jane Watson for Valentine's Day.

The story was written by Tom Beland and with art by Cory Walker and Cliff Rathburn. Marvel Ai was the third issue and featured various Marvel heroes and manga-inspired art; the stories included were all written by C. B. Cebulski and were as follows: Meld With You - The Scarlet Witch recalls her date with The Vision; the Silence of the Heart - Medusa contemplates her relationship with Black Bolt. Love is Blindness - A story without speech in which the Black Widow and Elektra fight over Daredevil. Written by Fabian Nicieza and with art by Jon Proctor, this issue focuses on the relationship between supervillains the Answer and Ruby Thursday. Bullseye appears, as do the Sisters of Sin in a cameo. Fabian Nicieza wrote this issue which presents two different stories of young superheroes in love. First Kiss - Squirrel Girl is infatuated with Speedball. Last Date - Justice and Firestar of the New Warriors prepare for their wedding, but Firestar has cold feet