Morinda lucida Benth.

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Morinda lucida

Picture: Bart Wursten
Yangambi, Tshopo District, Orientale Province

Morinda lucida

Picture: Bart Wursten
Yangambi, Tshopo District, Orientale Province

Morinda lucida

Picture: Bart Wursten
Yangambi, Tshopo District, Orientale Province

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Synonyms: Morinda citrifolia sensu Hiern p.p. non L.
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Status: Native
Description:
Tree 2.4–18 m tall, with smooth or rough scaly grey or brown bark and crooked or gnarled bole and branches; slash greenish or yellow. Leaves elliptic, 5.8–18 cm long, shiny dark green above, hairless except for tufts of hairs in the axils beneath and some hairs on the midrib, sometimes slightly pubescent all over when young; petiole 0.5–1.6 cm long; stipules usually short, 1–2.5 mm long, sometimes splitting into 2 parts, hairy inside, or sometimes ovate or triangular and up to 7 mm long. Inflorescences opposite a single leaf, alternating at successive nodes; at the base of the peduncles usually stalked cup-shaped gland 2–6 mm long; capitula 8–14-flowered, 4–7 mm in diameter (excluding corollas). Calyx tube pubescent when young, cupular, c. 2 mm long, the truncate limb c. 0.5 mm. Corolla heavily scented, white or greenish yellow outside, white inside; tube 1.2–1.6 cm long; lobes ovate-lanceolate, 3.5–5 mm long; throat hairles. Fruit green, ultimately becoming soft and black, up to 2.5 cm in diameter.
Type location:
Nigeria
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Derivation of specific name: lucida: shining.
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Worldwide distribution: West Africa from Senegal to Angola, DRC, Uganda, Tanzania, andZambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp
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Content last updated: Friday 21 September 2018
Literature:

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 89.

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Pages 45 - 47.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Morinda lucida
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Morinda lucida
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Morinda lucida
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Morinda lucida
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Morinda lucida
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Morinda lucida
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Morinda lucida
iNaturalist: Morinda lucida
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Morinda lucida
JSTOR Plant Science: Morinda lucida
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Morinda lucida
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Morinda lucida
Plants of the World Online: Morinda lucida
Tropicos: Morinda lucida
Wikipedia: Morinda lucida


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: Morinda lucida.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=189470, retrieved 15 May 2021

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