Syzygium guineense (Willd.) DC.
subsp. afromontanum F. White

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Syzygium guineense subsp. afromontanum

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Bunga Forest, Vumba

Syzygium guineense subsp. afromontanum

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Gardens, Harare

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Synonyms: Syzygium gerrardii (Harv. ex Hook. f.) Burtt Davy
Syzygium guineense (Willd.) DC. subsp. gerrardii (Harv. ex Hook. f.) F. White
Common names: Forest waterberry (English) Gihlu (Ndebele) Mukute (Shona)
Description: Medium to large evergreen tree. Young leaves deep purple-red, the colour persisting for a while but eventually turning green.
Notes: S. guineense is probably one of the most variable tree species in Africa and the taxonomy of many subspecies and varieties has been described, revised and debated, a process that is still bound to continue for the foreseeable future.
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Flowering time:Jun - Oct (-Jan)
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Growth form(s): Tree.
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Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 264. As Syzygium gerrardii

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 89. as Syzygium gerrardii

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 127.

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Flora of Botswana: Syzygium guineense subsp. afromontanum
Flora of Malawi: Syzygium guineense subsp. afromontanum
Flora of Mozambique: Syzygium guineense subsp. afromontanum
Flora of Zambia: Syzygium guineense subsp. afromontanum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Syzygium guineense subsp. afromontanum

External websites:

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

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 guineense subsp. afromontanum., retrieved 31 May 2016

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