Ehretia amoena Klotzsch

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Ehretia amoena

Picture: Bart Wursten
Masvingo - Beitbridge rd c. 20 km before Ngundu.

Ehretia amoena

Picture: Bart Wursten
Masvingo - Beitbridge rd c. 20 km before Ngundu.

Ehretia amoena

Picture: Bart Wursten
Masvingo - Beitbridge rd c. 20 km before Ngundu.

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Synonyms: Ehretia mossambicensis Klotzsch
Ehretia stuhlmannii Gürke
Common names:
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree with arching branches. Bark light to dark grey, smooth. Leaves more or less broadly obovate, 4-12 cm long, dark green above, paler below, with soft or scabrid, appressed hairs on both surfaces, lateral veins and net-veining conspicuous; margin entire or with a few widely spaced teeth near the apex. Flowers in terminal heads, white, funnel-shaped, c. 1 cm in diameter, appearing before or with the new leaves. Fruit fleshy, spherical, 5-7 mm in diameter, red when ripe.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: amoena: beautiful, showy, pleasing
Habitat: On sandy and alluvial soils in riverine thickets, open woodland and along the margins of low-altitude forest, often near water courses or on termite mounds.
Altitude range: Up to 1150 m
Flowering time:Oct - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): C,Lk
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 828. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 14.

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 972.

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 10.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 271.

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 30.

Martins, E.S. (1990). Boraginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(4) Page 76.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 36.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 572 - 573. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 40.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 71.

Van Wyk, B. & Van Wyk, P. (1997). Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik, South Africa Pages 162 - 163. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Ehretia amoena
Flora of Caprivi: Ehretia amoena
Flora of Malawi: Ehretia amoena
Flora of Mozambique: Ehretia amoena
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ehretia amoena

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Ehretia amoena., retrieved 19 March 2019

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