Bridelia mollis Hutch.

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Bridelia mollis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam nr entrance

Bridelia mollis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam nr entrance.

Bridelia mollis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam nr entrance.

Bridelia mollis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Lake Chivero Recreational Park

Bridelia mollis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Lake Chivero Recreational Park

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Synonyms: Bridelia scandens sensu Eyles
Common names:
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Bark dark brown to grey, rough with longitudinal striations; young shoots densely velvety. Leaves alternate, ovate to obovate, 3 - 12 cm long, light green and densely velvety on both surfaces; lateral veins conspicuously parallel; apex rounded, often notched; margin entire but sometimes appearing scalloped between the veins. Flowers in tight axillary clusters, small greenish-yellow, unisexual on the same tree. Fruit a subspherical fleshy berry, c. 10 × 8 mm, black when ripe, edible.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: mollis: soft, referring to the velvety hairy leaves.
Habitat: In sandy soils among rocks or on granite kopjes.
Altitude range: Up to 1525 m
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and North-West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 410. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 10.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 7.

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 40.

Radcliffe-Smith, A. (1996). Euphorbiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(4) Pages 13 - 14.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 55.

Shone, D.K. & Drummond, R.B. (1965). Poisonous Plants of Rhodesia Ministry of Agriculture, Rhodesia Page 59.

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Flora of Botswana: Bridelia mollis
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Bridelia mollis
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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: Bridelia mollis., retrieved 12 April 2024

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