Rothmannia fischeri (K. Schum.) Bullock
subsp. fischeri

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Rothmannia fischeri subsp. fischeri

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Lusaka 1976: Patricia Bingham

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Synonyms: Randia fischeri K. Schum.
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Shrub or small tree. Bark grey-brown, smooth and peeling, revealing patches of the rusty underlayer. Leaves opposite, narrowly to broadly elliptic to obovate, somewhat leathery, shiny dark green above, paler below, hairless except for hairtuft domatia in the axils of the lateral veins and the midrib. Flowers bell-shaped and showy, solitary, up to 8 cm in diameter, cream with purple-pink markings in the corolla throat. Fruit spherical, hard, 3-6 cm in diameter, green with pale spots, turning blackish when ripe. See subsp. moramballae (Hiern) Bridson for comparison
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Derivation of specific name: fischeri: named after Dr Gustav Fischer (1848-1886), German doctor, explorer and collector in Tanzania.
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Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Mozambique and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N,Mc,C,Lk,S
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Content last updated: Monday 6 February 2017

Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 653 - 654.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 252. (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 958. (Includes a picture).

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 19. As Rothmannia fischeri

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

Drummond, R.B. (1981). Common Trees of the Central Watershed Woodlands of Zimbabwe. Natural Resources Board, Harare. Pages 204 - 205. (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 74.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 168.

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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: Rothmannia fischeri subsp. fischeri., retrieved 22 April 2024

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