Drypetes mossambicensis Hutch.

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Drypetes mossambicensis

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Status: Native
Shrub or small to medium-sized tree, deciduous or near evergreen depending on the habitat. Leaves alternate, elliptic-oblong to oblanceolate, tapering or attenuate, up to 11 cm long, shiny bright green above, somewhat blue-green below, asymmetric at the base; margin sub-entire or widely and shallowly serrate. Flowers unisexual on different trees, female flowers solitary, male flowers in small axillary clusters, yellowish-green, scented. Fruits ellipsoid, somewhat fleshy, c. 1.5 cm long, yellow to orange when ripe, tipped by two old style branches.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: mossambicensis: of Mozambique
Habitat: On alluvial soils in riverine woodland and along floodplains, at the base of rocky hills or on termite mounds.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Mainly Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,C,Lk,S
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 28 October 2014

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 402. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 23.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 251.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 41.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 89 - 91. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Drypetes mossambicensis
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Drypetes mossambicensis
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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: Species information: Drypetes mossambicensis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=134480, retrieved 13 June 2024

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