Cremaspora triflora (Thonn.) K. Schum.
subsp. triflora

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Cremaspora triflora subsp. triflora

Picture: Bart Wursten
By the Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

Cremaspora triflora subsp. triflora

Picture: Bart Wursten
By the Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

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Synonyms: Psychotria triflora Thonn.
Common names:
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Bark grey to pale brown; branches opposite above the leaf axils with a distinct round or heart-shaped leaf below the joint of the branches. Leaves opposite, elliptic to obovate, up to 12 × 5 cm, dark glossy green, hairless above, variously hairy or hairless below. Flowers in opposite axillary clusters, c. 1 cm in diameter, white with a green style. Fruit ellipsoid, up to 1.5 cm long, hairless or hairy, red when ripe, crowned with the persistent calyx.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: triflora: with flowers in threes
Habitat: In the understorey of evergreen forest, often along streams.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,Mc
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003). Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3) Pages 523 - 525. (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 969. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 276. As Cremaspora triflora

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.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 162.

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The Plant List (version 1.1): Cremaspora triflora
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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: Cremaspora triflora subsp. triflora., retrieved 19 January 2020

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