Syzygium cordatum Hochst. ex C. Krauss

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Syzygium cordatum

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Cleveland Dam

Syzygium cordatum

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Cleveland Dam, Harare

Syzygium cordatum

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Mutoko CL

Syzygium cordatum

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Pungwe River at Katiyo Tea Estate

Syzygium cordatum

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Shavanhohwe River, c. 2kms east of Musami BC, Mangwende CL

Syzygium cordatum

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Shavanhohwe River, c. 2kms east of Musami BC, Mangwende CL

Syzygium cordatum

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Shavanhohwe River, c. 2kms east of Musami BC, Mangwende CL

Syzygium cordatum

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Haka Game Park

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Synonyms: Eugenia cordata (Hochst. ex C. Krauss) M.A. Lawson p.p.
Common names: Gihlu (Hlengwe) Imiswi (Ndebele) Muisu (Shona) Mukute (Shona) Munonyamansi (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Umdoni (Ndebele) Waterberry (English)
Description: Small to medium-sized evergreen tree. Leaves opposite, sessile, successive pairs at right angles, elliptic, oblong to almost circular, crowded near the ends of branches. Flowers in branched terminal heads, creamy-white, sometimes pinkish, the large number of stamens being most conspicuous. Fruit an oval berry, up to 1.5 cm, deep purple to almost black when ripe, edible.
Derivation of specific name: cordatum: heart-shaped or cordate
Flowering time:Aug - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Uganda and the DRC southwards to Angola, the FZ area and South Africa
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Flora of Botswana: Syzygium cordatum
Flora of Caprivi: Syzygium cordatum
Flora of Malawi: Syzygium cordatum
Flora of Mozambique: Syzygium cordatum
Flora of Zambia: Syzygium cordatum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Syzygium cordatum

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African Plant Database: Syzygium cordatum
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Syzygium cordatum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Syzygium cordatum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Syzygium cordatum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Syzygium cordatum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Syzygium cordatum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Syzygium cordatum
Ispot Southern Africa : Syzygium cordatum
JSTOR Plant Science: Syzygium cordatum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Syzygium cordatum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Syzygium cordatum
Tropicos: Syzygium cordatum
West African Plants database: Syzygium cordatum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Syzygium cordatum., retrieved 26 August 2016

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