Psydrax livida (Hiern) Bridson

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Psydrax livida

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Psydrax livida

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Synonyms: Canthium huillense Hiern
Canthium wildii (Suess.) Codd
Plectronia wildii Suess.
Common names:
Status: Native
Deciduous shrub or small tree. Branches opposite and horizontal, green. Leaves usually on the young branches, opposite, held in one plane, ovate, dull green, sometimes with a greyish sheen, 4-5 pairs of lateral veins distinctly paler, raised below. Flowers in axillary clusters, unpleasantly scented; corolla pale cream; lobes reflexed. Fruits in clusters, subspherical, 4-6 mm, blackish when ripe.
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Derivation of specific name: livida: blue or lead-coloured; probably referring to the leaves.
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Flowering time:Dec
Worldwide distribution: From Kenya and DRC to Angola and Mpumalanga, South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,N,E,C,Lk,S,W
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Content last updated: Tuesday 10 January 2017

Bridson, D.M. (1998). Rubiaceae, Part 2 Flora Zambesiaca 5(2) Pages 352 - 353.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 251.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 927. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 30.

Curtis, B.A. & Mannheimer, C.A. (2005). Tree Atlas of Namibia National Botanic Research Institute, Windhoek Pages 618 - 619. (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 Canthium huillense

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 73.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 98.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 167.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 223.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Psydrax livida., retrieved 14 August 2022

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