Grewia monticola Sond.

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Grewia monticola

Lusaka 1976
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Synonyms: Grewia cordata N.E. Br.
Grewia obliqua Weim.
Common names:
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Leaves elliptic-oblong to ovate, up to c. 9.5 cm long, distinctly asymmetric at the base, green to grey-green and more or less hairy above, covered in dense silvery-white velvety hairs below; margins irregularly toothed. Flowers in terminal and axillary clusters, yellow, c. 1.5 cm in diameter. Fruits 1-2-lobed, 7-10 mm in diameter, yellow to red when ripe.
Type location:
Syntypes from Transvaal
Derivation of specific name: monticola: mountain-loving; so-called because the species was described from specimens collected in the Magaliesberg.
Habitat: In open woodland and riverine fringes.
Altitude range: Up to 1530 m
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): E,Lk,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Abantis tettensis (Larval foodplant)
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Content last updated: Tuesday 10 January 2017

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 578. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 29.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 19.

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 14.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Page 447.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 258.

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 136 - 137. (Includes a picture).

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 81.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 109.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 47.

Wild, H. (1963). Tiliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 50 - 51.

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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: Grewia monticola., retrieved 22 April 2024

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