4966.000 Grewia L.

Description of the genus

Small trees or shrubs, sometimes scrambling or climbing. Stipules lateral. Leaves petiolate, alternate, simple, serrate or rarely entire, 3-7-veined from the base. Flowers in terminal or axillary panicles or in leaf-opposed or axillary umbel-like cymes. Sepals 5, stellately hairy, coloured inside like the petals. Petals 5, most often yellow, less often white and rarely purple (Grewia occidentalis), usually with a nectar-bearing claw or gland at the base. Stamens numerous. Ovary 2-4-locular. Fruit indehiscent, without bristles, a (1-)2-4-lobed drupe with (1-)2-4 pyrenes.

Derivation of name: for Nehemiah Grew (1641-1712), British botanist and physiologist.

Worldwide: 150 species in warm parts of the Old World.

Zambia: 20 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Tagiades flesus (Clouded forester, Clouded flat)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
avellana HiernB,N,SLp,S,WDescription, Image
barombiensis K.Schum. N,WCb,Lp
bicolor Juss.B,N,W,C,E,SCb,N,E,C,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
conocarpoides Burret NN
decemovulata Merxm.B,N,W,C,SNw,Cb,N,C,S,WDescription, Image
falcistipula K.Schum. B,SNw,W
flavescens Juss. var. flavescens B,N,W,C,E,SNw,N,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
herbacea Welw. ex HiernSN,SDescription, Image
inaequilatera GarckeEEDescription, Image
micrantha BojerEEDescription, Image
mollis Juss. NLp
monticola Sond.C,E,SE,Lk,SDescription, Image
olukondae SchinzB,SS,WDescription, Image
pachycalyx K. Schum.B,N,C,SLp,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
praecox K. Schum.C,E,SE,Lk,S
retinervis BurretB,SS,WDescription
schinzii K. Schum.B,SS,W
schmitzii Wilczek
stolzii Ulbr.N,WCb,NDescription, Image
subspathulata N.E. Br.E,SE,S

Other sources of information about Grewia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Grewia
Flora of Caprivi: Grewia
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Grewia
Flora of Malawi: Grewia
Flora of Mozambique: Grewia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Grewia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Grewia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Grewia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Grewia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Grewia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Grewia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Grewia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Grewia
JSTOR Plant Science: Grewia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Grewia
Plants of the World Online: Grewia
Tropicos: Grewia
Wikipedia: Grewia

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Grewia.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=933, retrieved 1 March 2024

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