Embelia schimperi Vatke

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Embelia schimperi

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chirinda Forest campsite.

Embelia schimperi

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chirinda Forest campsite.

Embelia schimperi

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chirinda Forest campsite.

Embelia schimperi

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chirinda Forest campsite.

Embelia schimperi

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chirinda Forest campsite.

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Synonyms: Embelia abyssinica Baker
Embelia bambuseti Gilg & Schellenb.
Embelia batesii S. Moore
Embelia dasyantha Gilg & Schellenb.
Embelia gilgii Mez
Embelia guineensis Baker
Embelia kilimandscharica Gilg
Embelia mujenja Gilg
Embelia nyassana Gilg
Embelia pellucida (Hiern) K. Schum.
Embelia retusa Gilg
Embelia tessmannii Gilg & Shellenb.
Embelia tibatiensis Gilg & Schellenb.
Pattara pellucida Hiern
Common names:
Status: Native
Climbing shrub or liane with long trailing branches, the climbing aided by short hardened lateral branchlets. Leaves spirally arranged, crowded at the ends of branches; lamina up to c. 6 cm long, very variable in shape, thinly fleshy, hairless; translucent streaks present in the lamina; apex rounded or notched; margin entire. Flowers in spikes on the old lateral shoots, greenish to yellowish, unisexual on the same plant, sometimes bisexual. Fruit somewhat depressed-spherical, c. 5 mm in diameter, scarlet when ripe.
Type location:
Notes: This species is very variable, particularly in leaf shape, and occurs widely in Africa. This explains the extensive synonymy.

Easily recognised by the translucent streaks in the leaf lamina.
Derivation of specific name: schimperi: named after Wilhelm Schimper, explorer and collector, particularly in Ethiopia.
Habitat: Along forest margins, on river banks and on termite hills in woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N,Lk,W
Growth form(s): Climber, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 216. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 730. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 24.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 23.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 265.

Kupicha, F.K. (1983). Myrsinaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 206 - 208.

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 64.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 80.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 60. as Embelia sp.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 126.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 405 - 406. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Caprivi: Embelia schimperi
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Embelia schimperi
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Embelia schimperi

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Embelia schimperi
African Plant Database: Embelia schimperi
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Embelia schimperi
Plants of the World Online: Embelia schimperi
Tropicos: Embelia schimperi
Wikipedia: Embelia schimperi

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: Embelia schimperi.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=143540, retrieved 19 July 2024

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