Strychnos potatorum L.f.

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Strychnos potatorum

Drawing: Rita Herbert

Strychnos potatorum

Drawing: Rita Herbert

Strychnos potatorum

Drawing: Rita Herbert

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Synonyms: Strychnos stuhlmannii Gilg
Common names:
Status: Native
Small to medium-sized tree with dense foliage. Leaves opposite, 3-5-veined from the base, elliptic to ovate, glossy dark green, thinly textured, hairless. Flowers in axillary clusters of several, stalked, few-flowered heads, whitish to yellowish-green. Fruit up to 20 mm in diameter, purple-black when ripe, resembling grapes.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: potatorum: resembling a potato, presumably referring to the fruit, which looks more like a grape
Habitat: In dry woodland, along dry water courses and on termite mounds.
Altitude range: Up to 1600 m
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa to northern Botswana and Limpopo, South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): E,Lk,S,W
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Content last updated: Thursday 30 October 2014

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Flora of Botswana: Strychnos potatorum
Flora of Caprivi: Strychnos potatorum
Flora of Malawi: Strychnos potatorum
Flora of Mozambique: Strychnos potatorum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Strychnos potatorum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Strychnos potatorum
African Plant Database: Strychnos potatorum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Strychnos potatorum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Strychnos potatorum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Strychnos potatorum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Strychnos potatorum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Strychnos potatorum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Strychnos potatorum
iNaturalist: Strychnos potatorum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Strychnos potatorum
JSTOR Plant Science: Strychnos potatorum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Strychnos potatorum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Strychnos potatorum
Plants of the World Online: Strychnos potatorum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Strychnos potatorum
Tropicos: Strychnos potatorum
Wikipedia: Strychnos potatorum

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-20

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Strychnos potatorum., retrieved 20 January 2020

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