Memecylon flavovirens Baker

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Memecylon flavovirens

Picture: Warren McCleland
Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Memecylon flavovirens

Picture: Warren McCleland
Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Memecylon flavovirens

Picture: Warren McCleland
Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

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Synonyms: Memecylon cyanocarpum Gilg
Memecylon gossweileri Gilg ex Engl.
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Status: Native
Much-branched tree or shrub, up to 7.5 m tall. Bark greyish-brown, irregularly fissured; younger branches narrowly 4-winged. Leaves opposite, elliptic to obovate, 1.5-4.5 cm long, leathery, somewhat discolorous, green above, more yellowish beneath, single veined from the base with midrib impressed above, prominent beneath; margin entire; petiole c. 2 mm long. Inflorescences c. 12-flowered, in clusters on older leafless axils. Flowers with a creamy-white, cupshaped receptacle; petals 4, white, triangular, c. 3.5 × 2.5 mm, keeled; stamens with filaments c. 5.5 mm long; anthers purple, with a minute dorsal gland. Fruit ellipsoid, purple-blue when ripe.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,Lp,N,C
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 208. (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 708. (Includes a picture).

Fernandes, R. & A. (1978). Melastomataceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 222 - 224. (Includes a picture).

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 34 - 35. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Memecylon flavovirens., retrieved 11 December 2023

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