Uapaca lissopyrena Radcl.-Sm.

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Uapaca lissopyrena

Katanga Province, DRC
Mar 2008
Photo: Jos Stevens

Uapaca lissopyrena

Katanga Province, DRC
Mar 2008
Photo: Jos Stevens

Uapaca lissopyrena

Katanga Province, DRC
Mar 2008
Photo: Jos Stevens

Uapaca lissopyrena

Oct 2000
Photo: Mike Bingham

Uapaca lissopyrena

May 1777
Photo: Mike Bingham

Uapaca lissopyrena

Chishimba Falls
Oct 2004
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Uapaca guineensis sensu Topham
Uapaca sp. no. 1 sensu Drummond (1975)
Uapaca 1 sensu White
Common names:
Status: Native
Medium to large evergreen tree. Bark grey with brown lenticels, smooth, cracking when older. Base of the trunk with conspicuous stilt-roots up to 2.5m long. Leaves alternate, spiralled, elliptic-obovate, usually up to 15cm long, sometimes larger, leathery, dark green above, paler below, hairless; veining conspicuous, looping before the margin; margin entire often somewhat rolled under. Petiole slender, 1-5cm long. Young leaves reddish-pink. Flowers among the leaves, greenish-yellow, sexes mostly on different trees. Fruit fleshy, spherical, 1.5-2 cm in diameter, yellow when ripe.
Type location:
Zambia, Mwinilunga
Notes: D.R.Congo: in lunda it has the same name as the other Uapaca, but with a addition: “mubur wa dit" = of "riverine swamp forest”
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Swamp forest
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Mar - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and D.R.Congo
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 1 February 2017

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 420. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 57. As Uapaca sp.

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

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 43.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 97 - 98.

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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: Uapaca lissopyrena., retrieved 19 April 2024

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