Ozoroa pwetoensis (Van der Veken) R.Fern. & A.Fern.
var. pwetoensis

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Ozoroa pwetoensis var. pwetoensis

Open munga and miombo woodland
Nsumbu National Park
Jun 2020
Photo: Nick Wightman

Ozoroa pwetoensis var. pwetoensis

Open munga and miombo woodland
Nsumbu National Park
Jun 2020
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Heeria pwetoensis Van der Veken
Common names:
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Suffrutex up to 1.5 m tall with woody rootstock and creeping roots; stems sparsely branched, terete but sometimes angular in upper parts, striate, ┬▒pilose to glabrescent; leaves alternate or opposite or uppermost ones sub-whorled, petiole 0.1-1.2 cm long, densely hairy, lamina discolorous, green or reddish or pale to dark brown and glabrous above, silvery- or pale-fulvous sericeous beneath, (5.5)8-18 x 1.5-5.5 cm., elliptic or oblong to oblong lanceolate or lanceolate, acute or subobtuse and mucronate at apex, acute or subobtuse at base, leathery, midrib impressed above and raised beneath, lateral nerves almost at right angles to midrib; inflorescence congested, axillary in the uppermost leaf-axils, shorter than the leaves, also terminal and arranged in whorls with the axis; calyx segments 1.8-2.5 mm. long, ovate-triangular, externally puberulous; petals whitish, 3-3.5 mm. long, oblong, inflexed at the apex, dorsally appressed-hairy; drupe black, shining, 5-6 x 8-9 mm, transversely ellipsoid.
Var. pwetoensis is determined by having lateral nerves at an acute angle to the midrib; lamina not shiny above, (5.5)8-14 x (1)1.5-5.5 cm. and cuneate to subobtuse at the base
Var. angustifolia is determined by having lateral nerves almost at right angles to the midrib; lamina not shiny above, narrower, 6-18 x 0.5-1(2.2) cm., obtuse at the base.
Var. nitidula is determined by having lamina somewhat shiny above.
Type location:
DRC (Katanga)
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland and among rocks
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Mar - Aug
Worldwide distribution: DRC (Katanga) east through northern Zambia to northern Malawi.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Content last updated: Saturday 25 July 2020

Fernandes, R. & A. (1966). Anacardiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 588 - 589.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ozoroa pwetoensis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ozoroa pwetoensis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ozoroa pwetoensis
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iNaturalist: Ozoroa pwetoensis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ozoroa pwetoensis
JSTOR Plant Science: Ozoroa pwetoensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ozoroa pwetoensis
Plants of the World Online: Ozoroa pwetoensis
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Wikipedia: Ozoroa pwetoensis

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: Ozoroa pwetoensis var. pwetoensis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=200840, retrieved 3 December 2023

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