Morella pilulifera (Rendle) Killick

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Morella pilulifera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Just outside Bunga Forest, Vumba

Morella pilulifera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cecil Kop NR, Mutare

Morella pilulifera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cecil Kop NR, Mutare

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Synonyms: Myrica pilulifera Rendle
Common names: Broad-leaved waxberry (English) Nyamvura (Shona)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Leaves elliptic to obovate, usually c. 7 × 3 cm, yellowish-green, leathery, velvety when young, becoming glabrescent later, lateral veins ridged, Y-shaped near the margin; margin entire or coarsely serrate. Flowers in catkin-like inflorescences, sexes separate on the same tree or on different trees. Fruit in dense clusters of small brown to black berries along the branches, c. 4-5 mm in diameter, spherical, coated in waxy substance.
Derivation of specific name: pilulifera: bearing hairs
Habitat: Near streams, among rocks, on grassy hills and along the margins of forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1050 - 2070 m
Flowering time:Jul - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa as far as the KwaZulu-Natal
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree, shrub over 2 m.
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Images last updated: Saturday 23 September 2006

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 124.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 233. As Myrica pilulifera

Polhill, R.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2006). Myricaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 260 - 261.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 3. as Myrica pilulifera

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 125.


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JSTOR Plant Science: Morella pilulifera
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Morella pilulifera
Tropicos: Morella pilulifera
West African Plants database: Morella pilulifera

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: Species information: Morella pilulifera., retrieved 22 October 2016

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