Rytigynia umbellulata (Hiern) Robyns

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Rytigynia umbellulata

Lusaka, Protea Hill Farm
Feb 2012
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Rytigynia umbellulata

Lusaka, Protea Hill Farm
Dec 2011
Photo: Mike Bingham

Rytigynia umbellulata

At Popes
Mar 2015
Photo: Mike Bingham

Rytigynia umbellulata

At Popes
Mar 2015
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Canthium lagoense Baill.
Rytigynia concolor (Hiern) Robyns
Rytigynia junodii (Schinz) Robyns
Rytigynia perlucidula Robyns
Rytigynia sparsifolia (S. Moore) Robyns
Rytigynia welwitschii Robyns
Vangueria concolor Hiern
Vangueria euonymoides sensu Burtt Davy
Vangueria ituriensis De Wild.
Vangueria junodii Schinz
Vangueria sparsifolia S. Moore
Vangueria umbellulata Hiern
Common names:
Status: Native
Mostly deciduous small tree or shrub, sometimes scrambling; branches slender, often with lenticels. Leaves opposite, oblong-elliptic to ovate or lanceolate, 2-11 cm long, hairless or sparsely to fairly densely appressed hairy, particularly on the midrib; petiole 2-7 mm long; stipules triangular at the base with long slender tip 6-8 mm long. Inflorescences axillary, umbel-like, 2-8-flowered, often together with the young leaves. Flowers, creamy-yellow or greenish-white; tube 2.5-4 mm long with a ring of deflexed hairs on the inside; corolla lobes 1.8-3 mm long, triangular or oblong. Fruit subglobose, 6-9 mm in diameter, black.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: umbellulata: referring to the small, umbel-like inflorescences.
Habitat: In dry forest and woodland, on Kalahari sand, in rocky places and on termite mounds.
Altitude range: Up to 1350 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Guinea Bissau to Cameroon, Angola, DRC, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia Zimbabwe, Caprivi-Nambibia and Botswana.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,C,S,W
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Content last updated: Monday 24 April 2017

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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 947. (Includes a picture).

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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.

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Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 99.

Van Wyk, B., van den Berg, E., Coates Palgrave, M. & Jordaan, M. (2011). Dictionary of names of southern African trees Briza Publications, South Africa Page 583.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 99.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Rytigynia umbellulata.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=155810, retrieved 18 July 2024

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