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)
Flowering time:Jul - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, 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

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

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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African Plant Database: Morella pilulifera
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Morella pilulifera
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Morella pilulifera
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Morella pilulifera
Ispot Southern Africa : Morella pilulifera
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 28 June 2016

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