Keetia venosa (Oliv.) Bridson

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Keetia venosa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Nyabamba Bridge, Chimanimani District

Keetia venosa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Pungwe River at Katiyo Tea Estate

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Synonyms: Canthium venosum (Oliv.) Hiern
Plectronia venosa Oliv.
Common names:
Status: Native
Evergreen liane or scrambling shrub. Leaves opposite, oblong-elliptic, 4.5-14 cm long, glossy dark green, mostly glabrous except for some hairs on the veins below, domatia present but inconspicuous; base usually rounded or very shallowly cordate; net-veining, perpendicular to the midrib, conspicuous on both surfaces. Stipules triangular,abruptly tapering into a linear tip. Often smaller almost round leaves are present at the base of lateral branchlets. Flowers in dense axillary clusters, creamy-white. Fruit in clusters, sometimes slightly 2-lobed, hairless, black when ripe.
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Notes: See the very similar to K. gueinzii for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: venosa: conspicuously veined
Habitat: In margins of evergreen forest and along streams.
Altitude range: Up to 1525 m
Flowering time:Feb - Oct
Worldwide distribution: From Tropical West Africa to Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Lp,N,C,Lk,S
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Bridson, D.M. (1998). Rubiaceae, Part 2 Flora Zambesiaca 5(2) Pages 365 - 367.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 924. (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 venosum

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 72.

Smith, P. & Allen, Q. (2004). Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the Miombo Woodlands Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ISBN 1 84246 073 0 Pages 30 - 31. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 164.

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

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Keetia venosa., retrieved 17 October 2021

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