Ozoroa nitida (Engl. & Brehmer) R. Fern. & A. Fern.

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Ozoroa nitida

Dambo margin in damp muck soil
Longe area, Kaoma Distr.
Mar 2021
Photo: Nick Wightman

Ozoroa nitida

Contrast of the upper (above) and lower (below) leaf surfaces
Dambo margin in damp muck soil
Longe area, Kaoma Distr.
Apr 2021
Photo: Nick Wightman

Ozoroa nitida

Dambo margin in damp muck soil
Longe area, Kaoma Distr.
Mar 2021
Photo: Nick Wightman

Ozoroa nitida

Dambo margin in damp muck soil
Longe area, Kaoma Distr.
Apr 2021
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Heeria nitida Engl. & Brehmer
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
A many stemmed shrub up to 1.2 m tall; stems woody, cylindric, thick, densely spreading yellowish hairy; leaves alternate or rarely sub-opposite, petiole (0.6)1-2 cm long, subterete, thick and densely yellowish-patent-hairy, lamina light green and usually shining and glabrous above, paler and dull beneath, 7.5-20 x 4-12.3 cm, broadly elliptic or obovate or rarely oblong, obtuse, rounded truncate or emarginated and mucronate at apex, bullate towards the margin and with a much thickened , bone-coloured and undulate or crisped margin, rounded or somewhat acute at the base, very coriaceous, glabrous or with patent weak sparse hairs above and a double indumentum of very short appressed whitish hairs on the lamina and long patent yellowish hairs on the nerves and reticulation below, midrib impressed above, very prominent beneath, lateral nerves (0.3)0.5-1.2 cm apart at an angle of 53˚-75˚ with the midrib, forked near the margin, reticulation impressed above and rather prominent below; inflorescences terminal and axillary, congested, shorter than the leaves; calyx segments 1.5-2 mm long, lanceolate-ovate, acute, villous outside; petals cream, oblong, appressed-hairy; drupe black, shining, 5.5-7 x 7-9 mm, compressed-depressed, not or only a little emarginate.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: nitida: glossy, shining
Habitat: Mixed woodlands and edges of dambo
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov .- Dec(Jan)
Worldwide distribution: Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,W,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,S
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status: Endemic?
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Content last updated: Monday 10 May 2021

Fernandes, R. & A. (1966). Anacardiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 586 - 587.

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 16.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 22.

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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: Ozoroa nitida.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=136610, retrieved 13 April 2024

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