Aidia micrantha (K. Schum.) Bullock ex F. White
var. msonju (K. Krause) Petit

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Aidia micrantha var. msonju

Picture: Bart Wursten
Nyamkombe R., Aberfoyle Tea Estates

Aidia micrantha var. msonju

Picture: Bart Wursten
Nyamkombe R., Aberfoyle Tea Estates

Aidia micrantha var. msonju

Picture: Bart Wursten
Nyamkombe River, Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

Aidia micrantha var. msonju

Picture: Bart Wursten
Nyamkombe River, Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

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Synonyms: Randia micrantha K. Schum.
Randia msonju K. Krause
Common names:
Status: Native
Large, somewhat scrambling shrub or small tree. Leaves opposite, elliptic to lanceolate, glossy green with indented veins and entire but wavy margins. Flowers in few-flowered clusters along the branches, creamy white with sharply reflexed corolla lobes, white hairs in the throat, and a bright red stigma. Fruit spherical, orange to brown-black when ripe.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: micrantha: small-flowered
Habitat: In riverine fringes and evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 320 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Lp
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 630 - 632. (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 952. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 3. As Aidia micrantha

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 1051.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 275.

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 71.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 86.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 160. as Adia micrantha

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 75.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 461.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 98.

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Wikipedia: Aidia micrantha

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Aidia micrantha var. msonju., retrieved 26 September 2023

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