Uapaca nitida Müll. Arg.
var. nitida

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Uapaca nitida var. nitida

Drawing showing characteristics forUapaca nitida
Lusaka 1976: Patricia Bingham

Uapaca nitida var. nitida

Drawing showing characteristics forUapaca nitida
Lusaka 1976: Patricia Bingham

Uapaca nitida var. nitida

Drawing showing characteristics forUapaca nitida
Lusaka 1976: Patricia Bingham

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Synonyms: Uapaca microphylla Pax
Common names:
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized tree. Bark very rough and deeply cracked. Leaves elliptic, oblong or elliptic-oblanceolate, up to 16 cm long, shiny green, hairless with 7-14 pairs of lateral veins, apex broadly tapering or rounded; margin entire, sometimes wavy. Flowers are unisexual, mostly on different trees, creamy-green. Fruit ellipsoid, c. 2 cm long. See var. longifolia for comparison.
Type location:
Zambia, Livingstone District
Derivation of specific name: nitida: glossy, shining
Habitat: In low-altitude Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Mar - Jun. especially April
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Kenya to Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Also DRC, Burundi, Angola.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,E,C,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Abantis bamptoni (Larval foodplant)
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Content last updated: Tuesday 7 February 2017

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 151. as Uapaca nitida

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 421. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 185 - 188. as Uapaca nitida (Includes a picture).

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

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 95 - 97.

Smith, P. & Allen, Q. (2004). Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the Miombo Woodlands Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ISBN 1 84246 073 0 Pages 144 - 145. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 89.

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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 nitida var. nitida., retrieved 24 April 2024

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